Category Archives: black studies

It has been and remains a tumultuous time in Brazil. Of course there was the Rio Olympics, which some feared would fall into debacle under the chaos of the Zika virus and human rights protests. Now, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female … Continue reading

It’s been awhile since I could legitimately sing, “Give me a head with hair/long, beautiful hair.” But the Cowsills, via America’s tribal love-rock musical, expressed the importance of the streamin’, flaxen, waxin’ locks with winning pop harmonies and frequent radio airplay. … Continue reading

Progressive Era activist and reformer Fannie Barrier Williams was one of the most prominent educated African American women of her generation. A new effort to honor the woman who was a prominent spokesperson for economic, racial, and gender reforms has centered in Williams’ … Continue reading

Social activist and influential executive secretary of the National Urban League Eugene Kinckle Jones was born on July 30, 1885. Felix L. Armfield‘s biography Eugene Kinckle Jones: The National Urban League and Black Social Work, 1910-1940 details the life an impact … Continue reading

Hip-hop artist Juliani, born Julius Owino, is one of contemporary Kenya’s major music figures. In the new University of Illinois Press release The Street Is My Pulpit, Mwenda Ntarangwi explores the Kenyan hip hop scene through the lens of Juliani’s … Continue reading

Kymberly N. Pinder is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. Her book Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago explores the social and spiritual impact of African American religious art. The … Continue reading

Alan Harper left his home in England in 1979 on a pilgrimage to find the blues. His journey led him to Chicago where he worked at a sandwich restaurant and headed to the city’s blues clubs at night. On his … Continue reading

Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures by L. H. Stallings is a finalist in the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards in the LGBT Studies category. The Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writing. … Continue reading

From Beyoncé to Shonda Rhimes to Laverne Cox, African American women have a higher profile up and down our pop culture than at any time in the past. Of course, the past was not exactly rife with opportunity for women … Continue reading

Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures by L. H. Stallings has won the Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Women’s Studies.  The award is given by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture … Continue reading