As a black woman I rarely have the privilege of perceiving nakedness and lack of direction as “freeing”—quite the opposite. The point is not to evoke an essentialist stance, but to caution… Read more Rhetorics and Ambiguity →
It happened around 1988, not long after Harvey Gantt became America’s first New South “post-race” mayor. My mother, resolving to escape the ramp-up to the impending crack wars, moved us away from the… Read more Halfbreed: Yellow Black Girl Purple Drink →
After all, wasn’t Charles Chesnutt among the first thinkers to articulate a scholarly theory about the literary value of AAVE, even while serving as Chancellor and member of Fayetteville State University’s teaching faculty?