#Self-Made Syllabus: Uncovering the Context of Madam C. J. Walker’s Life and Contributions

Watching Netflix's Self Made, a special series inspired by the life of Madam C. J. Walker, as a historian who specializes in Black women in work, business, and industry, specifically uncovering their struggles for economic justice I thought about the texts/contexts that would have helped clarify the life of Madam ...
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“Inside the Circle”

Saidiya Hartman's most recent offering, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals, stopped me dead in my tracks, or a better way to put it-- it opened a portal to my writing I felt the pandemic had closed. For several weeks, the ...
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Writing for/with the Revolution

What does one say about a revolution (historical) while in the midst of a revolution (now)? That is the question that animates my thoughts lately and it is why I have decided to restart this informal writing space. Over the years, I have started and stopped so many iterations of ...
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