Black Women’s Fictive Kin Networks and the Sisters in the House

African American fictive kinship arose out of a response to the chaos of enslavement. Slavery as an institution marred African family ties and their sense of community once defined by blood ties. The separation of blood kin from their children and families made the reliance on fictive kin a measure of survival. This phrase fictive kinship refers to a relationship that is developed between non-related members of a given group that develops out of common ancestry, history, social experience, or predicament while kinship connotes blood or marital ties.

Gabrielle Union’s Hair

There has been a recent incident over race and hair. Gabrielle Union’s hair. Union apparently wore too many different hairstyles while she was a judge on the NBC show America’s Got Talent (AGT). She was also vocal about racial equality in the AGT workplace according to Variety, and reportedly branded difficult on set as a result. AGT decided to subsequently release her from the show following a series of alleged incidents involving racial bias.

All Hail the Queen: Beyoncé Knowles and the Aesthetic Return Home in Contemporary Black Art and…

All Hail the Queen: Beyoncé Knowles and the Aesthetic Return Home in Contemporary Black Art and Popular Culture In her ground-breaking opening performance at Coachella, Beyoncé Knowles brought us home. All Hail the Queen. This pivotal performance was themed on historically black college culture (HBCU) signified by a step-show, a marching band, and a dance-off with her sister Solange. Home in African American cultural production is not always attached to physical space.

Women in the Garvey Movement

Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), considered to be the largest, and most successful black nationalist association in world history, included the significant participation by women. At its height, the UNIA had more than 500 affiliates, and a membership into the millions across several continents including North America, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Garvey developed this association with the support of women. Women probably made up the majority of UNIA members by the mid-1920s. Historians such as Ula Y. Taylor and Keisha N. Blain have noted the broad influence that women exercised in the development of the Garvey Movement.

@ISSUE: Williams: Blacks less homogeneous because of immigration

@ISSUE: Williams: Blacks less homogeneous because of immigration The most significant changes in the African-American community in the last 25 years including social, economic and political developments should be understood as incremental strides toward equality. Historically, social change for marginalized groups in U.S. society has not always meant a unidirectional tilt towards improved circumstances. The history of African-Americans has been shaped by positive achievements and glaring setbacks.

Review of Black Women's Christian Activism

Black Women’s Christian Activism by Betty Livingston Adams, an independent scholar, and previously Associate Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, is a ground breaking historical monograph focused on the religious and social history of black women in New Jersey, and the nation, from 1898 to 1945. This is the first scholarly study published on the history of black women in New Jersey. For this, the author should be commended. Containing an “Introduction,” six concise chapters, and a “Conclusion,” the text is written with economy and clarity in under two-hundred pages.

In Pursuit of Self: The Identity of an American President and Cosmopolitanism

BARACK OBAMA PROJECTS AN IDENTITY THAT IS FRAGMENTED AS opposed to an identity that is essentialist or unitary. In nearly every public setting where the issue of his race has been introduced, Obama, although he routinely self-identifies (Avila 2010) as an African American, continuously acknowledges his mixed-race heritage. He rarely fails to mention the gratitude he feels towards his white grandparents for raising him. In his autobiography he states, "I can't even hold up my experience as being somehow representative of the black American experience" (Obama 1995, xvi).

Accidental Feminist: Stormy Daniels and Ending the Sound of Silence ~ Daring Woman

In a patriarchal society such as the United States (U.S.), women and young girls are often still expected to remain silent. Their right to speak is often compromised by a culture that does not prize women who speak freely—women who voice their opinions audaciously and unapologetically. This is especially the case when it comes to issues of sex, sexuality, and sexual assault. That is, until the #metoo moment, and the rise of the Times Up Now movement. How can we understand Stormy Daniels in the context of the history of women’s rights and feminism? Is Stormy Daniels a feminist?

Roundtable on Black Women’s Intellectual History Day 2: Parts Two and Three – AAIHS

Roundtable on Black Women’s Intellectual History Day 2: Parts Two and Three This is the second day of a four part roundtable reviewing the book Toward a History of Black Women Intellectuals. We began with Lauren Anderson‘s introduction to the series. Keisha Blain and Ashley Farmer will continue our discussion the next two days, followed by responses from Barbara Savage and Martha Jones, editors of the text. Today, Hettie Williams contributes a guest post examining Parts II and III of the collection.

A History of Truth in These Troubled Times – AAIHS

A History of Truth in These Troubled Times A conversation about history, truth, and the American experience is necessary in these troubled times. The truth is under assault in U.S. society at the present as the nation, and the culture, confronts an epistemological crisis in several sectors of knowledge. This crisis is exemplified in many arenas of society but, most perniciously, it is vociferously evident in contemporary politics as illustrated by the “alternative facts” and “fake news” propaga

Review of Daniel Matlin, On the Corner – AAIHS

On the Corner by Daniel Matlin, a Lecturer in U.S. History at King’s College London, is a historical analysis on three black intellectuals of the 1960s: Kenneth B. Clark, Amiri Baraka, and Romare Bearden. On the Corner is a title derived from a 1972 Miles Davis album signifying that these three intellectuals in particular were “down on the corner” of black urban America, and that they were “uniquely positioned to convey to white audiences the physical, social, and emotional realities” of this space (8). Matlin draws upon a wide variety of sources, including novels, academic monographs, newspapers articles, poems, theater productions, and illustrations in the visuals arts to construct this narrative. The text includes an “Introduction,” three chapters, with one chapter devoted to each intellectual, and an “Epilogue.”

How Trump Became a Thug Life Idol

America has elected, to the highest office in the land, a man who seems to personify the thug life. This is a man—Mr. Donald J. Trump—who is enamored with celebrity, embraces a bombastic style of politics, and has no limits when it comes to the objectification of women. Trump has made a series of disparaging, at times violent, comments towards women. Some of the women he has directly targeted include comedian Rosie O’Donnell, Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell, news personality Megyn Kelly, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, and MSNBC co-host of “Morning Joe” Mika Brzezinski among others.

Stop Shooting Us! African Americans and the Police Powers of the State in Perspective

“Stop shooting us!” was their mantra on the night of September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Several protestors also had this phrase on the cardboard placards they carried. Their level of unease was evident as one woman collapsed into the arms of another lamenting through her tears, “stop shooting us.” These were the images that recently appeared on television detailing the demonstrations that have been on-going in Charlotte, North Carolina following the shooting of an African American

Donald Trump Has Capitalized On White Racial Anxiety In America

Trump is akin to a modern P.T. Barnum offering to “to make America great again” by emphasizing opposition to outsiders, economic protectionism, and advancing a policy of defending the interests of the white native born while disparaging immigrants of color. It is not a surprise that chants of “white power” were heard at a Trump rally that took place in Mobile, Alabama on August 20, 2015 coupled with the assault of an African American man at a previous Trump event in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Race, Religion, and Respectability in Oprah's "Greenleaf"

Greenleaf is currently a successful drama series on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Craig Wright created the show and Oprah Winfrey is the executive producer. The series premiere on June 21, 2016 had 3.04 million viewers making it the number one series debut in OWN history. Greenleaf has a 42-minute run time airing on Wednesday nights from 10 pm to 11 pm with the first season recently concluding on August 31, 2016. It is a drama structured around the lives of the members of an elite black famil

African Americans and Armed Resistance

African Americans have deployed many strategies in their quest for full equality in United States history including: protests, boycotts, hunger-strikes, rebellion, legal gradualism, and armed-resistance. These approaches have all been a part of what Charles Payne has termed the “the organizing tradition.” There were a series of slave revolts or planned insurrections including Gabriel’s Conspiracy (1800) that involved dozens of enslaved blacks, who made weapons in an attempt to overthrow slavery

Race, Class, and Gender in O.J. Made in America

O.J. Made in America (2016) is a 464-minute five-part documentary produced and directed by Ezra Edelman for ESPN Films. Race, celebrity, and American sports culture are the central themes of this production. O.J. Simpson’s rise to fame, from his days at the University of Southern Carolina (USC), to his time with the Buffalo Bills, and San Francisco 49ers, is juxtaposed with the history of race relations in America using Los Angeles as a nexus. O.J. Made in America ends with O.J.’s 2007 arrest fo

Dead Presidents: History, Memory, and the Legacies of Once 'Great Men'

Several institutions of higher education including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton have reconsidered the historical legacies of dead presidents such as Thomas Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson. Homogeneous articulations of collective identity are often forged through commemorative practices that hold up specific historical figures from the dominant racial group as representative symbols of the nation in multiracial societies despite the complicated legacies of such figures. Why is it that we tend to foc
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