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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: Deciding what to do in Geneva

My trip is mostly business (3 academic conferences, you see) and there’s a bit of pleasure mixed in. Between Black Portraitures and the African Literature Association, I decided to see Geneva, Switzerland. I had a few days and so, why … 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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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 3 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

I went in today feeling fierce. I was not quite beat to capacity but I was beat the house down. (If you have no idea what I just said, google “beat,” “beat to capacity,” and “the house down.”) Anyhow, I … 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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Sabbatical Notes: Figuring Out ‘Taking [My] Time’

When I was just finishing as a grad student, I had a conversation with a trusted colleague & friend. He had a note for me. Specifically, he thought that I was moving too fast. (I had finished the dissertation in … 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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