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The New Thing and Mixin’ it Up: Social, Economic, and Musical “Transgressions” 1 Aug 2013 | 03:06 am

Free jazz, the New Thing, or the New Black Music as it was variously called exploded on the scene in the latter part of the twentieth century.[1] As is widely known, several prominent musicians such a...

Linda Martín Alcoff on Gender as Positionality: An Account of Fluid Identity and Embodied Difference 26 Jun 2013 | 02:06 am

Philosopher Linda Martín Alcoff develops an account of subjectivity as positionality as a way to stress how gender acquires its meaning(s) from particular social and historical contexts (Visible Ident...

Bebop as a Hybrid Inflection of Strategic Afro-Modernism 23 May 2013 | 08:58 pm

Although it shares several features and impetuses with so-called classical modernism—for example, formal innovations and reaching new heights of expressivity—Afro-modernism of the 1940s manifests dist...

Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment by Dr. Jill A McCorkel 15 Apr 2013 | 01:12 am

Below is a brief description of my colleague, Dr. Jill A. McCorkel’s new book, Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment. Since the 1980s, when the War on Drugs kicked into hi...

Frederick Douglass: The Paradoxes of Literacy in Liminality 1 Apr 2013 | 11:03 pm

Those familiar with Douglass’s Narrative of the Life will readily recall his creative, improvisatory maneuverings as he strove toward his goal of literacy. Given that the authoritative discourses did ...

Fanon on the Irreciprocity and Fixed Difference of Colonized Space 25 Feb 2013 | 08:17 am

Both philosophers of race and sociologists have explained how the racialization of phenotypic differences and negative socio-political narratives of race such as equating blackness with criminality de...

Black Swan Records and Early Attempts to De-racialize Musical Categories and Aesthetic Standards 3 Feb 2013 | 12:17 am

Black Swan Records was a small, black-owned record company created in the early 1900s under the direction and leadership of Harry H. Pace, a former student of W. E. B. Du Bois.[1] Although Black Swan’...

Martin Luther King Jr. on Human Solidarity, An Inescapable Network of Mutuality, and the Dangers of Un-interrogated “Whiteness” 22 Jan 2013 | 03:13 am

In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s essay, “Nonviolence and Racial Justice,” he observes that true peace requires “the presence of some positive force—justice, good will and brotherhood.” In today’s world...

Call and Response: C.I. Aki’s Textual “Remix” of Zolatova’s Hip-Hop (Untitled) Poem 18 Jan 2013 | 08:56 am

In the post below, C. I. Aki “riffs” on Zolatova’s hip-hop (as of yet, nameless) poem.  Check it out. Hip-hop created the remix as we know it. There is no disputing that. From Bird’s and Dizz’s give-a...

Guest Post by Kristina Zolatova: A Name for the Unnamed 17 Jan 2013 | 11:26 pm

Dr. Kristina Zolatova, featured for the first time here, is seeking suggestions for a title for her new poem (see below).  Since I have encountered so many creative people through my blog, I encourage...

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