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They’re Walking Five Days Straight to Honor Harriet Tubman—and Black Women Everywhere

**This article is reposted from Yes! Magazine, a wonderful forum that spreads hope at a time when it may seem as if there is no hope to be had. The women of GirlTrek are traversing 100 miles of the Underground … Continue reading

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Review of James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird

I decided to read The Good Lord Bird (2013) mostly because I love novels with weird titles. They intrigue me. The book description sent me over the top: basically in 1857 Kansas Territory a young slave boy, Henry Shackleford is kidnapped by the infamous John Osawatomie Brown and mistaken for a girl whom Brown decides to call The Onion. Continue reading

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Review of God Help the Child: A Novel

God Help the Child: A Novel by Toni Morrison, 192 pp. Alfred A. Knopf 2015. $16.58 hardcover   The ostensible protagonist of writer and critic Toni Morrison’s latest novel, God Help the Child, is Bride, a young woman who is described … Continue reading

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“Swing Both Ways, Do You?”: Octavia Butler’s Shori as Liminal Transgressor

*This little essay has seen numerous iterations over the past five years. While the final product is by no means perfect, my hope is that it honors some of the amazing and brave work that Octavia Butler undertook during her lifetime to … Continue reading

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The Caribbean Imaginary Spring 2016 Lecture Series

Institute of African American Affairs at New York University presents The Caribbean Imaginary Spring 2016 Lecture Series The series aims to look at the large ideas—the contemporary critical issues surrounding Caribbean production, be they cultural, social, or political. Speakers will … Continue reading

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African American Wisdom Summit

  Register for this FREE summit taking place during the month of February!! The inaugural African American Wisdom Summit, organized by the Shift Network will take place throughout February in honor of Black History Month. In our times, issues of racial and … Continue reading

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New Painting: Untitled as Yet


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