Happy Birthday, Ronald F. Mason, Jr., President of UDC

We are proud of our leader and I would like to personally wish Mr. Mason and his family a wonderful holiday weekend as well (MLK Day). Your work here is important to all of us. Thank you for your service, Mr. Mason. From one of your colleagues, Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin, who shares a Moon sign with you (Moon in Capricorn).

President Ronald Francis Mason, Jr., Juneteenth 2020

This is also rape culture.

Some of my colleagues are seeking insight as to how to respond to January 6.

Start with what was obvious to me as a Black woman who has survived 54 years of rape, domestic abuse, sexual harassment, physical and emotional abuse, bullying, and microaggressions: these men have collective rapist tendencies [for colored girls]. And to be honest, I’ve been on edge in my own apt building and neighborhood this whole year–especially now. Right now, as a Black woman, I don’t feel safe in Washington, DC, but when did I ever feel safe as an adult woman? Especially in DC. DC has always been a safe space for sexual predators, especially those who target Black and Brown women, girls, and femmes and poor women, girls, and femmes of all colors.

UDC’s silence on gender, race, class, and sexual orientation is echoing in the new year, especially as we struggle to persuade students to return to an HBCU trying to alienate poor Black and Brown students in order to reinforce the notion that the ideal higher education student, faculty, administrator, and ultimately citizen is a white upper-class man. I can’t find a single leader at UDC willing to call that coup attempt the criminal action that it was because they will alienate white men who believe themselves entitled to female/femme bodies, especially those female/femme bodies that are Black or Brown. And since I’m getting that kind of energy from my own colleagues, I need to say something out of human decency.

To me, those men on the Hill looked like a bunch of freaks hyped up on video games, meth, and gang-rape videos. Are we really going to fold back onto ourselves in the lockstep of black respectability political ideals as a source of comfort in the face of such evil and then expect young Black and Brown people to trust us?

Take a look at the landscape below and you tell me, Ron, what you see and hear:

This is also rape culture. I have much to say about the intersections of issues and contexts….more to talk about as this case unfolds.

Azealia Banks has subscriptions, not issues!

The video inside the video is fucked up. I thot she liked pussy, not necromancy. It’s not Santeria or Palo, Lovelyti. Azealia’s in need of therapy and medication. She knows ZERO about African Traditional Religions.

Make some music. Do something useful for a change. You tripping.

Tragic waste of talent. Seriously.

Da Fourteenth! We launch our podcast Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism Scholar Production!


Professor Eileen James
Dr. William Dalessio
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin

Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism-Scholar Production

January 14, 2 pm EST

Eileen James teaches literature, composition, and public speaking at the Community College of RI. She received an MFA in literary writing from Brown University, and her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications including RIBOT, Innisfree, Monsters and the Monstrous, and Rag Shock. She is currently finishing up her work in the PhD program at the University of RI, and her publications reflect her diverse critical interests, focusing on the rhetoric of power and privilege, the benefits of peer learning the writing classroom, and pop culture through a Black American lens. She excited to be a part of this pursuit and lend her curiosity, insight, and shameful humor to the group.

Bill Dalessio grew up outside of Providence, RI, in a working-class Italian American household with his parents, sister, paternal grandmother, uncle, and aunt. A first-generation college-student, he earned a B.A. in English at Rhode Island College and a M.A. and Ph.D., both in English, at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Dalessio has several publications, including his book Are We What We Eat? Food and Identity in Late Twentieth-Century American Ethnic Literature and articles in publications such as a/b: auto/biography studies, Studies in the Humanities, and The Southern Quarterly. Currently he is an Associate Professor of English at the Community College of Rhode Island, where he teaches multicultural American literature and composition courses.

Cherie Ann Turpin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the English Program at University of DC, an HBCU. Her  publications include the book How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love (2010), as well as articles and chapters in academic journals and anthologies. She is developing two books:  1) Afrofuturism and African spiritual traditions; 2)  Digital Humanities and Diversity. 

Together, we are the hosts for the newest academic podcast on the block:

Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism-Scholar Production