Mo(u)rning in American 2017

On September 11, 2001 I was a 32 year old professor at Washington University in Saint Louis, making a left turn onto Forest Park on the way to work. As I listened to The Tom Joyner morning show Joyner and his crew made to joke about a plane flying into the...

Black Studies 3.0

A few weeks ago I listened to a WDET interview with Errol Henderson on the 45th anniversary of the development of black studies. Check it out. In the wake of the rise of black student protests over the past few years, more than a few of us have been thinking about...

Prince is Dead. Fuck.

“Art among us blacks has always been a statement about our condition, and therefore it has always been political.” —Ossie Davis Richard Iton’s In Search of the Black Fantastic is one of the most important book written about popular culture and politics ever written....

My short Best of 2015 Book list

In anticipation of the new year I had a discussion with Marc Steiner about the books that had the greatest impact on me over the past year. A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James), Black Silent Majority (Michael Fortner), Between The World and Me (Ta-Nehisi...