Muñoz in Small Axe

There is a forum on José E. Muñoz in the July 2015 issue of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism:

Who was José Esteban Muñoz?

Horn, Maja. “José E. Muñoz’s Critical Caribbean Crossroads.” Small Axe 19, no. 2 (2015): 77–84.

Jaime, Karen. “‘Da Pa’ Lo’ Do’ ’: Rita Indiana’s Queer, Racialized Dominicanness.” Small Axe 19, no. 2 (2015): 85–93.

Ruiz, Sandra. “El Caribe on the Horizon: José Esteban Muñoz and the Commitment to Futurity.” Small Axe 19, no. 2 (2015): 94–103.

Alvarado, Leticia. “‘What Comes after Loss?’: Ana Mendieta after José.” Small Axe 19, no. 2 (2015): 104–10.

#AmReading 2015 July 16-19 | 19:31:07

Spillers, Hortense J. “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” Diacritics 17, no. 2 (1987): 64. doi:10.2307/464747.

To Be A Black Girl … | Black Millennials

Texas sheriff involved in the death of Sandra Bland fired from previous post for racism

Sandra Bland death, Texas: Black driver pulled over for lane change dies in custody.

Johnson, E. Patrick, and Mae G. Henderson, eds. Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.

When Black Twitter Sounds Like Something You Don’t Understand – News & Views – EBONY

Everyone Should Be Reading These Intense #IfIDieInPoliceCustody Tweets Right Now

McMillan, Uri. “Ellen Craft’s Radical Techniques of Subversion.” E-Mésferica 5, no. 2 (2008).

Mitchell, Michele. “Silences Broken, Silences Kept: Gender and Sexuality in African-American History.” Gender & History 11, no. 3 (1999): 433–44. doi:10.1111/1468-0424.00154.

FEATURE: “Raising Humanity’s Vibrations Through Visual Art” – The Afrofuturistic Creations Of Krigga – AFROPUNK

Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah I. “‘The Strangest Freaks of Despotism’: Queer Sexuality in Antebellum African American Slave Narratives.” African American Review 40, no. 2 (July 1, 2006): 223–37.

#AmReading: 2015 July 15 | 16:30:33

Imarisha, Walidah, adrienne maree brown, and Sheree Renee Thomas, eds. Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2015.

Alegría, Carmen, and Robert Chrisman. “Langston Hughes: Six Letters to Nicolás Guillén.” The Black Scholar 16, no. 4 (July 1, 1985): 54–60. doi:10.1080/00064246.1985.11414350.

McMillan, Uri. “Ellen Craft’s Radical Techniques of Subversion.” E-Mésferica 5, no. 2 (2008).

Shange, Savannah. “Black on Purpose: Race, Inheritance and Queer Reproduction.” The Feminist Wire. Accessed July 15, 2015.

Snorton, C. Riley. “Trapped in the Epistemological Closet: Black Sexuality and the ‘Ghettocentric Imagination.’” Souls 11, no. 2 (June 8, 2009): 94–111. doi:10.1080/10999940902910115.

Arnold, Emily A., and Marlon M. Bailey. “Constructing Home and Family: How the Ballroom Community Supports African American GLBTQ Youth in the Face of HIV/AIDS.” Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services 21, no. 2–3 (May 20, 2009): 171–88. doi:10.1080/10538720902772006.

MdotWrites, Kismet Nuñez, and Rob Bland. “Black Feminist Genealogies, Black Feminist Histories & Queering the Family Tree (with Tweets) · kismet4.” 2011. Storify. Accessed July 15, 2015.

Allen, Jafari S. “Black/Queer/Diaspora at the Current Conjuncture.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 18, no. 2–3 (January 1, 2012): 211–48. doi:10.1215/10642684-1472872.

Walcott, Rinaldo. “Outside in Black Studies: Reading from a Queer Place in the Diaspora.” In Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology, edited by Johnson, E. Patrick and Mae G. Henderson, 90–105. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.

#AmReading 2015 July 14 | 23:18:35

Not Yet Here: Internal Abolition in a Black Queer Future. | RaceBaitR

Another Round: The Remiss Management of the St. Roch Market – Antigravity Magazine

The Withering of a Once-Great State University – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Activists Illustrated – Women at the Heart of Global Struggles

Why 100 Black Intellectuals Rallied Behind This Professor | The Nation

Pluto discoverer’s ashes aboard NASA probe | National/World News – WDSU Home

“Please Don’t Call Me On My Bluff” | The New Republic

5 games you can play to honor late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Your Guide To The Antiheroes In DC’s Suicide Squad Movie

Quirky Black Girls: Superheroes, Supervillains and the Black Feminist Brilliance of Badness

Why Republicans Are So Mad About Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran – The Atlantic

Response to New Memo from ICE on Processing Trans Detainees – Southerners On New Ground

Free Marissa Now and Stand With Nan-Hui: A Conversation About Parallel Struggles – The Feminist Wire

We Need To Stop Making Black Women the Mammies of Our Movements (And Our Friend Groups) Right Now

Return from ZombieLand: Academia, Substance Abuse, and Accountability – The Feminist Wire | The Feminist Wire

COLLEGE FEMINISMS: “What White Publishers Won’t Print:” Systemic Racism in (Institutionalized) Knowledge Production

Badass Resilience: Black and Brown Femme Survivor Love and Desire Affirmations –

Alegría, Carmen, and Robert Chrisman. “Langston Hughes: Six Letters to Nicolás Guillén.” The Black Scholar 16, no. 4 (July 1, 1985): 54–60. doi:10.1080/00064246.1985.11414350.

Crosby, Kim Katrin. “Homeward Bound: Searching for the Secret Island of Black Queer Mixed Femmes.” Autostraddle. Accessed July 13, 2015.

Liebelson, Dana. “What Happened With the Chicago Teacher Strike, Explained | Mother Jones,” September 11, 2012.

“Lost Friends” Database: Former Slaves Searching for Kin

Two dollars in 1880 bought a yearlong subscription to the Southwestern Christian Advocate, a newspaper published in New Orleans by the Methodist Book Concern and distributed to nearly five hundred preachers, eight hundred post offices, and more than four thousand subscribers in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. The “Lost Friends” column, which ran from the paper’s 1877 inception well into the first decade of the twentieth century, featured messages from individuals searching for loved ones lost in slavery.

This searchable database provides access to more than 330 advertisements that appeared in the Southwestern Christian Advocate between November 1879 and December 1880. Digital reproductions of the Lost Friends ads are courtesy of Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University Libraries.

Explore the database: Lost Friends Exhibition – The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Nothing is Impossible: Black History and Black Futures as a Flag Falls

I wrote a thing for the African American Intellectual Society blog:

At dawn on June 27, 2015, Bree Newsome (with support from local activists) scaled the flag pole in front of South Carolina’s courthouse in Charleston. She took down the Confederate flag. Her spotter, James Ian Tyson, dressed as a construction worker, supported her from the ground as she went up and remained as a handful of police officers appeared and surrounded him until she came down. Bree was immediately arrested.

In the continued aftermath of the Charleston massacre, as black communities across the country struggled to hold space for death and disaster (once again), and make sense of another terrorizing attack on their humanity (once again), Bree’s act of defiance (courageous in the extreme and accomplished with the support of local activists) lifted spirits around the country and the world. I know I was waaayyyyyy up (felt blessed). I wasn’t the only one…


Read the rest: Nothing is Impossible: Black History and Black Futures as a Flag Falls.

“I Dismantle the Ivory Tower By…” | Reflecting on the #DismantlingIvoryTower Network Gathering at #AMC2015

Black queer beauties at #amc2015. 😙😘😎 #dismantlingivorytower (l-r: Van Bailey, Kai Green, Moya Baily, Jessica Marie Johnson) Snapped June 18, 2015, Detroit, MI, #AMC2015
Black queer beauties at #amc2015. 😙😘😎 #dismantlingivorytower (l-r: Van Bailey, Kai Green, Moya Bailey, Jessica Marie Johnson) Snapped June 18, 2015, Detroit, MI, #AMC2015

These lovelies. How did this powerful and important thing happen? I still can’t believe it.

On June 18, we gathered an insurgent, inquisitive, brave and beautiful group of people of color “connected to colleges, universities, and academic centers” together for an Allied Media Conference Network Gathering—a day dedicated to crafting “new strategies for social justice organizing.” We asked hard questions and faced painful truths. What does dismantling the Ivory Tower mean? What challenges do we face—not only as brought to us by academic institutions in and of themselves, but challenges we face within the communities we come from, the communities we are accountable to (not always the same thing), and individually when we face off against the academy? What is good, bad and ugly about our relationship to the academy and the kind of scholarly, intellectual, activist work we want to do and make in the world? What tools, skills, resources, and metaphysical juju do we need to assemble in order to dismantle the Tower—from within or without.

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Book: Benjamin on People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier


Need to read –

Stem cell research has sparked controversy and heated debate since the first human stem cell line was derived in 1998. Too frequently these debates devolve to simple judgments—good or bad, life-saving medicine or bioethical nightmare, symbol of human ingenuity or our fall from grace—ignoring the people affected. With this book, Ruha Benjamin moves the terms of debate to focus on the shifting relationship between science and society, on the people who benefit—or don’t—from regenerative medicine and what this says about our democratic commitments to an equitable society.

People’s Science uncovers the tension between scientific innovation and social equality, taking the reader inside California’s 2004 stem cell initiative, the first of many state referenda on scientific research, to consider the lives it has affected. Benjamin reveals the promise and peril of public participation in science, illuminating issues of race, disability, gender, and socio-economic class that serve to define certain groups as more or less deserving in their political aims and biomedical hopes. Under the shadow of the free market and in a nation still at odds with universal healthcare, the socially marginalized are often eagerly embraced as test-subjects, yet often are unable to afford new medicines and treatment regimes as patients.

Ultimately, Ruha Benjamin argues that without more deliberate consideration about how scientific initiatives can and should reflect a wider array of social concerns, stem cell research— from African Americans’ struggle with sickle cell treatment to the recruitment of women as tissue donors—still risks excluding many. Even as regenerative medicine is described as a participatory science for the people, Benjamin asks us to consider if “the people” ultimately reflects our democratic ideals.

via Stanford U Press – People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier | Ruha Benjamin


Benjamin, Ruha. People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier. Stanford University Press, 2013.

DIGITAL: Hanna and Hodder on Using ArcGIS to Analyze Slavery in Commemorative Landscapes

Stephen Hanna an E. Fariss Hodder  discuss “Reading the Signs: Using a Qualitative Geographic Information System to Examine the Commemoration of Slavery and Emancipation on Historical Markers in Fredericksburg, Virginia.” in the latest issue of Cultural Geographies (July 1, 2015).


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DIGITAL: Fictions of the Haitian Revolution


Marlene L. Daut is the founder of the Haitian Revolutionary Fictions Site, an archive and bibliography of texts about the Haitian Revolution:

This website is still under construction, but basically, I want it to to act as a crossroads for literary fictions of the Haitian Revolution. By fictions, I mean texts that were composed as novels, short stories, novellas, short fictional sketches, poetry, and/or plays. When I was researching for my forthcoming book, Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865, I uncovered hundreds of such texts that had been published in the Atlantic World in the French, English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Italian, Dutch, and German languages. My aim with this website is to continue the work that I began in Tropics of Haiti (which deals for the most part with English, French, German, and Haitian-Creole language texts) by publishing the first anthology of Haitian revolutionary fictions. With every new archive that I visit, I continue to uncover more and more fictions of the Haitian Revolution, and I’m hoping that by eventually posting the bibliography here I can crowd source even more fictions of the Haitian Revolution to be included in the anthology. I plan to continuously update this website with news about when both Tropics of Haiti and the Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions will appear, as well as with news about my archival findings. I will also post any other news that might be pertinent to Haitian revolutionary fictions. I’m hoping that you will all help me as well by alerting me to any Haitian revolutionary fictions that you might have uncovered or know about.

The author asks:

***Please don’t forget to acknowledge this bibliography if this is where you first learned of a particular work about the Haitian Revolution***

The site is full of great material. Visit the site here: FICTIONS OF THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION – Home.