Category Archives: black feminism

Mine the Tension Series: Observing with Interest

Me: I really liked what you had to say the other day in your craft talk about writing about rooms. FG: Thanks. Me: I tried writing about one, you know, as an exercise. It didn’t quite work out. I guess … Continue reading

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Reflections: The Property Brothers

I recently got hooked on watching HGTV’s The Property Brothers. The premise of the show is that two brothers (twins, Jonathan and Drew Scott) lead potential homeowners through the maze of searching for a home, and renovating it. The catch … Continue reading

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I Believe Dylann Roof When He Says He’s Not ‘Crazy’

As I listen to the coverage of Dylann Roof’s address to the court, I can’t help but return to a question that I often ask myself during research and my classes during particularly fraught conversations. What narratives do we simply … Continue reading

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Scholar Fierce: Why go to the African Literature Association Conference

As I look forward to my next project, I am curious about the ways that it bears implications for fields I hadn’t carefully considered. For instance, literature written by Blacks in America has always had a specific national context, but … Continue reading

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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: 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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Scholar Fierce: Food in Italy

I must say… I love food. I like eating it, talking about it, cooking it, learning about it. I was so excited to get to Italy because I thought pasta (eh, maybe), gelato (I tried it), but panna cotta. That … 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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A Word on Disability and #BlackLivesMatter

I wish to comment briefly on the rhetorical movement that seems to be gaining momentum in the wake of the BK shooter’s wounding of Shaneka Nicole Thompson and killing of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Specifically, there has been … 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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