Scholarship

A Black Woman’s Life of the Mind is Her Own: The Ebony Article, The Mad Free Event & the Twitter Debate on Melissa Harris-Perry

I wrote the article entitled, “A Black Woman’s Life of the Mind is Her Own” for Ebony.com and received a great deal of feedback. Thankfully, it was published on the same day that Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry engaged in a “Mad Free” curated event at the Brooklyn Museum by Michaela Angela Davis. Further, it was but one day prior to the debut of “Melissa Harris-Perry,” her new show on MSNBC.

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Twitter Celebrates Zora Neale Hurston’s Birthday with Zeal

Anthropologist, Writer, Novelist, Storyteller, Playwright, Dancer, Southerner Extraordinaire, Zora Neale Hurston, was born on January 7, 1891. She was a phenomenal woman, a renaissance woman, a fierce woman, artist and human being. So, naturally, Twitter celebrated her birthday with glee.

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Meet Black Pete, Dutch Santa’s Helper

Waaay before Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours or Huckleberry Finn, Santa Claus was working the interracial buddy theme. Generations of American children have been raised with the legend of a cherubic white guy who employs vertically-challenged, non-union labor to produce toys in what is probably an Arctic sweatshop. Europeans, however, have a novel element to their Christmas mythology: a black sidekick.

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Are People of Color Occupying Wallstreet?

Are People of Color Participating in Occupy Wallstreet or any of the Occupy Movements around North America, in particular?

A series of focused discussions on the role of people of color engaged in #OccupyWallstreet are captured here on Twitter. Lots of great ideas, questions and even solutions are provided.

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Farewell, Dr. Rudolph P. Byrd

I could go on and on about Dr. Byrd and I have, in countless impressions of him that I have performed for friends and strangers, alike. He was a wonderful, most debonair, well-dressed, dignified, “uppity Negro”and a wonderfully-spirited man, par excellence’. He didn’t walk, he glided; and I am serious about that. He had a deep, charming voice and a wonderful laugh. He nearly crushed the bones in my hand when he gave me his first handshake but he was a gentle lion and quite the caring human being. But he most certainly demanded excellence of us as students and as scholars in the world.

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Problematic Pontificating on Planking with P. Diddy’s Poprah

I love planking.

It may also be the devil.

In an amazing feat, planking has caused a gigantic rumor mill to spin a tale of its supposed origins in slavery and/or the narrative that it is “a racist term”. Nothing can be more ridiculous but the retweeting of slave ships in response to the #planking hashtag on Twitter and with folks asking, “still think it’s funny?”

Um, yes. I do. For the most part, planking is silly and funny and so many other things.

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Ask a Sista at Netroots Nation!

Dr. Goddess is speaking at Netroots Nation on the panel, “Ask a Sista: Black Women Muse on Politics, Policy, Pop Culture and Scholarship”, L100 AB, Minneapolis, MN Convention Center. Watch Live at http://www.netrootsnation.org/node/1850#L100AB

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Twitter Beef in Blackademia Begets Broader Barack Obama Debate

This particular Twitter Beef has been going on for well over a year and it all started at Princeton University, apparently over who was going to be the head of the Department of Africana Studies, who was ultimately chosen and the multifaceted reasons as to why. There are so many layers to this story and I don’t portend to know (or even care about) every angle. Today, however, a fuller debate carried over onto Twitter from Television, which is both odd and, as an aside, the source of much of the problem.

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