Category Archives: Academy

Scholar Fierce: Doing Dilettante as a Scholar

I must admit that every time I am around musicologists, I have to admit to myself that I don’t hear what they hear. I feel a little like I’m in a scene from White Men Can’t Jump, being chastised for … Continue reading

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Scholar Fierce: Boston Evening, Italian Nights

I tend to not have difficulty traveling alone. However, long flights are not for the faint of heart or the weary in body or spirit. I got to the Florence hotel safely and all – after meeting so many members … Continue reading

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Scholar Fierce: Thinking About Europe

When I was younger, I heard about this mysterious thing called “backpacking through Europe.” It sounded so fascinating, seeing all sorts of interesting things, traipsing all around, eating yummy food. I gave up on part of that dream once I … Continue reading

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Digging in the Crates: Day 5 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

Today was, unfortunately, my last day in the archive. For now. To make matters less difficult, I scheduled myself to look at half a box. That way I knew I could get through it all. I also decided to craft … Continue reading

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Digging in the Crates: Day 4 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

Today felt like a Monday: all sluggish and slow. My body wasn’t doing as I wanted, but that’s not new to me. The archive still beckoned. As I rode to The Huntington, I was immersed in Tavia Nyong’o’s The Amalgamation … Continue reading

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Digging in the Crates: Day 2 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

I went into the library today with more wonder, less apprehension, more excitement than yesterday. I was more sure-wheeled or, for you ambulatory people, more “sure-footed.” I cordially chatted with the people who were in the locker area and waved … Continue reading

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Digging in the Crates: Day 1 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

I have done archival research before: I amassed my own archive of Magic Johnson ephemera, and I looked at the collection of ephemera and correspondence at the Arab American National Museum. Neither experience prepared me for the Octavia Butler archive. … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XXI: Breast Cancer Pics.. Don’t Stare?

I just saw an article on CBS news about a woman who had to fight Facebook because she put photos of her breasts post-mastectomy online. See here (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/breast-cancer-survivor-battles-facebook-over-mastectomy-photos/). The sad part of this story is that it is not new. … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XVI: From ‘Keisha’ to ‘Kylie’

Now that my book is published (available here with discount code: LRK69), I am constantly (pleasantly) surprised to see how relevant these conversations are to the general public. For instance, my chapter on bi-racial and bi-cultural identity explores the way … Continue reading

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Episodes of the Epicurean: In Search of the “Perfect” Caloric Day

One of the reasons I gave up on this journey so often before is because it used to feel like every day I had a setback. A lunch with the wrong amount of simple carbs. A dinner with desert and … Continue reading

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