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Left of Black | Black Image Makers with Shawn Michelle Smith

Prof. Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Shawn Michelle Smith as she discusses her latest publication, “Photographic Returns: Racial Justice and the Time of Photography,” which explores cutting edge Black image makers who have created new work by repurposing photography done in the past in attempts to express the complexity of Black life. Shawn Michelle Smith is Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. You can purchase the book here, published by @Duke University Press:… Learn more about the photographic work and publications of Dr. Smith here: Left of Black is a web series featuring interviews with Black Studies scholars created and hosted by James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies Mark Anthony Neal and produced by the @Duke Franklin Humanities Institute. New SEASON 11 episode every Thursday! #LEFTofBLACK#JohnHopeFranklin#BlackStudies#season11#blackscholar Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Additional footage & photography used in this episode were produced by the following: Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago… The Metropolitan Museum of Art History of Photography Podcast… Walker Art Center Carolina Performing Arts ©John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – used with permission… The National Gallery of Art…

This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future : Code Switch : NPR

This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future : Code Switch : NPR.

Here’s an excerpt from Alaya Dawn Johnson’s timely essay on science fiction and Afrofuturism:

“There are more black writers of science fiction than there have ever been. Every year more of us debut to wider acclaim, find ourselves regularly on genre awards lists for the first time, and experience the pleasure of seeing more and more diverse faces at conventions. The black community has always embraced science fiction — the famous Dark Matter anthologies, edited by Sheree R. Thomas, included a work of speculative fiction from W.E.B. Du Bois. And now science fiction has, I think, finally been forced to recognize us. dark matter cover

But our rise to prominence — which can seem sudden if you haven’t been aware of the deep currents of science fictional imagination that have rippled through the black community for more than a century — also brings out dormant hostility. In his article “Racism in Science Fiction,” published in the 1990s, Delany predicted the current backlash that can make it easy to dismiss SF as more racist than other fields (it isn’t).

dhalgren cover As long as there are only one or two black writers, Delany wrote, he doesn’t expect to experience much overt racial hostility in a field where people pride themselves on their liberal values. But that’s only ‘until, say, black writers start to number thirteen, fifteen, twenty percent of the total. At that point, where the competition might be perceived as having some economic heft, chances are we will have as much racism and prejudice here as in any other field.'”

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“Strategic Disruptions: Black Feminism, Intersectionality, and Afrofuturism,” by Cherie Ann Turpin

MoveOn Petitions – “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!”

MoveOn Petitions – “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!”.

Petition Background

A Ferguson, Missouri police officer racially profiled and fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown as the teen stood with his hands in the air. Mike Brown’s father — Louis Head — and community members are calling it an execution.

Racially-motivated police violence has no place in law enforcement and represents the systemic police abuse against Black communities in Ferguson and Missouri at large.

Enough is enough. Please join us in calling on federal and city officials to rigorously investigate, prosecute, and fire all officers involved.