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By Akil Houston Assistant Professor of Cultural and Media Studies from Media Commons Listen: mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2014/09/02/badu-family-ruminations-southern-aesthetic Before southern rap was homogenized by a commercial industry obsessed with a derivative southern aesthetic with danceable drawled out hooks and questionable evidence of lyrics, the South crafted a distinct flavor. The Dirty South, not […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research Oct 17

Dr. Ayesha K. Hardison, Associate Professor of English, published a book on Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature (University of Virginia Press 2014). In Writing through Jane Crow, Hardison examines African American literature and its representation of black women during the pivotal but frequently […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research May 22

Dr. Robin D. Muhammad, Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies, published an article on “Garveyism Looks Toward the Pacific: The UNIA and Black Workers in the American West” in Perspectives journal online. In the article, Muhammad discusses the growth of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) or the […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research May 21

Dr. Michael B. Gillespie, Assistant Professor in African American Studies, analyzes Spike Lee’s film “Do The Right Thing” in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Film, due out in July. Gillespie’s piece on Do The Right Thing is part of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Film, which comprises 200 essays by leading film scholars […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research May 21

Dr. Michael B. Gillespie, Assistant Professor in African American Studies, published an essay on “Dirty Pretty Things: The Racial Grotesque and Contemporary Art” in the new book Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights, which is due out in July. Post-Soul Satire is edited by Derek Maus and Jim Donahue (University Press of […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research May 21

Dr. Michael B. Gillespie, Assistant Professor in African American Studies, published “Smiling Faces: Chameleon Street, Racial Passing/Performativity, and Film Blackness” in Passing Interest: Racial Passing in U.S. Fiction, Memoirs, Television, and Film, 1990-2010. Gillespie’s essay examines Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s Chameleon Street (1990) and the ways that the film’s story of a black “Great […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research May 20

Dr. Michael B. Gillespie, Assistant Professor in African American Studies, published an article on “2 Nigs United 4 West Compton: A Conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson” in Liquid Blackness in April 2014. Excerpts: Kevin Jerome Everson’s work represents a distinct processing of materials, craft, and blackness. While he has worked […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research May 20

Dr. Robin D. Muhammad’s article on “Separate and Unsanitary: African-American Women Railroad Car Cleaners and the Women’s Service Section, 1918-1920,” was named a runner-up for the prize for best article published by the Journal of Women’s History in 2011-2012. Muhammad is Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies and […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research May 12

By Natalia Radic Perspectives During two periods in the 20th century, a small Michigan town called Idlewild was a popular resort community for the black middle class. It attracted intellectuals such as Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois during the 1920s, and top black entertainers, from Jackie Wilson and the […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research Feb 22

By Natalia Radic/Perspectives magazine During two periods in the 20th century, a small Michigan town called Idlewild was a popular resort community for the black middle class. It attracted intellectuals such as Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois during the 1920s, and top black entertainers, from Jackie Wilson and the […]

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Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences » African American Studies research Jan 30

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