Category Archives: Artistry

Scholar Fierce: What We Can Learn From Sub-Optimal Questions

We tell our students that there is no such thing as a stupid question. On the one hand, that’s true. For that context, there are truly few questions that shouldn’t be asked. In an environment where you’re trying to cultivate … 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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Political Flesh XIII: Because Perfection Is Not The Issue

In my Literary Theory class, I had long resigned myself to the fact that I could not teach them everything in 12 weeks. As an antidote to leaving many more theories out, I designed a presentation assignment where the students … Continue reading

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Political Flesh VII: Black Conservatives

Political Flesh VII: Black Conservatives This is part of a blog series related to my upcoming book. I sometimes find myself agog at the way students anticipate my lesson plans. Or rather, the way my students and I seem to … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 12

It has been weeks and I’m still thinking about the “mani-cam” from the Emmy’s. Something about a miniature camera that highlights manicures. It just won’t stay off my mind. Part of what keeps popping in my head is that Mayim … Continue reading

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Intellectual Leftovers

So, I just finished writing a piece. I’m excited to report that it is ready for peer review among my immediate circle. That is, once they’re done commenting and I make revisions, it will be ready to head to a … Continue reading

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The Angry Daughters of Elizabeth Keckley

This was originally posted on the SIUE Black Studies Blog. See here. This semester, I am teaching intro to African-American literature 1600s to 1910. I have titled the course “If it Ain’t One Thing, It’s Five Others”: Reading Multiplicity in … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 10

As I watch Project Runway this season, I realize how much my taste for the designer’s design is determined (perhaps overdetermined) by personality. In part, this is because of the challenges themselves (Babies R US & Real Women). It is … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 9

Clearly, Nick Verreos and I are on the same wavelength. His prediction of the hi-lo trend at this year’s Emmys echoed what I have been wondering for years. How will starlets ever combat the heat and the binding fabric of … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 4

Two moments captured my attention as I hung around Lincoln Center. First, I noticed that photographers were snapping their DSLR cameras at pieces of everyone. And, I do mean pieces: a shoe here, a dress there, a bangle there. By … Continue reading

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