[By: Jerry W. Ward Jr.] Alexander, Stephon. The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link between Music and the Structure of the Universe. New York: Basic Books, 2016. In her 2007 poem “In Search of Grace,” Quo Vadis Gex Breaux makes an elegant plea for an enabling virtue. Those lines which trigger my imagination are I pray for grace, as I dance on life’s tabletops, as I scale the […]
[By: Anthony Boynton, III] As the tension of the 2015 Charleston church shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal thickened the air, Bree Newsome climbed into the sky to tear down hatred’s flag. Social media and mainstream media outlets were abuzz over the activist’s act of civil disobedience and subsequent arrest. Since then, Newsome has gained national attention and has been touring the country giving talks […]
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AFRO-PWW Projects The Jay Z Mixtape, created by Kenton Ramsby, is a Scalar open access book published through the African American Studies PWW series housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This innovative digital humanities publication offers a brief glimpse into the creative output of the Brooklyn rapper by organizing online content into a single composition. From Tableau Public visualizations to an assortment of […]
[By: Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] Hype matters. In his foreword for Joan Didion’s South and West: From a Notebook (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017), Nicholas Rich asserts that Didion’s prose has “cool majesty” as well as “an immaculacy as intimidating as Chelsea porcelain” (xi). The assertion and the subject of the assertion invite scrutiny. Truth be told, the sentence “Everyone in the place seemed to have […]
[By: Dr. Maryemma Graham] In one of the most memorable scenes in Zora Neale Hurston’s now-classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Granny asks Janie, the child she is about to send off to marry, “Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate.” The quote is a mere 20 pages into the novel after Janie has begun to recount her life adventures to her […]
A digital poem from HBW Alum Dr. DaMaris Hill: Shut Up In My Bones: a digital poem – a remix from D Hill on Vimeo. “I recently completed a poetry manuscript entitled A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing. Many of the poems detail the violent consequences black women endure while engaged in individual and collective acts of protest and resistance. My grandmother’s picture and a […]