Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln “Driva Man/Protest”

Cecil Taylor “Chinampas”

James Baldwin, “The Price of the Ticket”



Early covers of the Crisis magazine:

Survey Graphic issue on “The New Negro” (1925)

Kehinde Wiley, Puma collaboration for World Cup 2010

Janelle Monae, “Many Moons” video, 2008

Kalup Linzy on General Hospital, 2010

Holland Cotter reviews the Mark Bradford retrospective in Boston:

By far the strongest and wittiest of the nonpainting works, though, is the 2005 video “Niagara.” It’s based on a single famous sequence in the 1953 film of that name, the long-held shot of Marilyn Monroe walking into the distance as the camera focuses on her undulating posterior. Mr. Bradford’s Marilyn equivalent is a South Central neighbor, Melvin, who, wearing marigold-colored shorts, walks away from the camera and down the street with a wild, hip-swinging strut. In a departure from the 1953 model, however, Melvin’s body is pressed up against the camera when the sequence starts. And he is filmed in slow motion, which transforms his strut into a sensuous sashay.

dreamsobamaMy new article on Barack Obama’s memoir, Dreams from My Father, is now up at The Scholar & Feminist Online, and it’s in good company, nestled between articles by Lani Guinier and Angela Davis! It’s a bit intimidating to see my name next to such icons, but I’m delighted and privileged that the guest editors, Kim F. Hall and Christine Cynn, invited me to participate.

The issue, entitled “Rewriting Dispersal: Africana Gender Studies” is a wonderful interdisciplinary mix of scholarship, essays, and creative work, so please check it out.

Books bought or received

  • Paul Goodman, Don Juan, or, The Continuum of the Libido
  • Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody
  • Fiona Candlin and Raiford Guins, ed., The Object Reader
  • Goethe, Complete Works
  • William Blake, Complete Works

Books read/ing

  • John Henry Mackay, The Hustler, The Story of A Nameless Love from Friedrichstrasse
  • Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody
  • Paul Goodman, Don Juan, or, The Continuum of the Libido
  • Felix Guattari, Soft Subversions