Category Archives: black studies

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

Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon & Black Activism by Will Guzmán has been honored with the C. Calvin Smith Award presented by the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. (SCASSI) The C. Calvin Smith Book Award recognizes … Continue reading

David Lucander, author Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946, was recognized by the African American Historical Society of Rockland County (NY) with this year’s Griot Award. The award is given “for outstanding contributions in transmitting … Continue reading

For the month of February 2016, to coincide with Black History Month, we have lowered the e-book list price of three titles in the University of Illinois Press catalog to $2.99. Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom by Sonja … Continue reading

A Hard Fight for We: Women’s Transition from Slavery to Freedom in South Carolina, by Leslie A. Schwalm African American women fought bravely and tenaciously for their freedom during the Civil War and after. Focusing on slave women on the … Continue reading

Please note this new interview with Ruth Nicole Brown, author of the UIP book Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood and co-founder of Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT).

African American female playwrights, though still too often overlooked, have made great strides in the new century. Sandra Adell‘s new edited anthology presents ten works by contemporary African American women determined to bring dazzling new representations of black lives to the theater. Taken … Continue reading