Critiquing the Enlightenment is essential, because there the asylum, prison, and science itself unveil their violent foundations.
Global Black History
As more and more protests make clear, the bodies of Black people playing sports are not outside history. Indeed, they never have been.
What histories do we inherit? In the current crisis of Brexit—which points to larger global shifts toward nationalism and xenophobia—there is no more urgent a ...
“So, dear sister, do you think that Black Italian movements have changed qualitatively in the wake of George Floyd?”
For two Black womxn translators, bringing Afro-Italian stories into English is an act of radical self-love and resistance.
When will new generations of Afro-Italians finally be heard and recognized as full and active members of Italy’s culture and society?
“I strongly lay claim to imagination, because to us Black women for a long time the possibility of imagination had been negated.”
Italy’s past, present, and future are no less marked by race than any other former colonial power. Acknowledging that is only the beginning.
Both violent surveillance and disease risk were integral to Atlantic slavery. That same war against Black people continues today.
Today—as in 1968—it remains to be seen if McDonald’s pivot toward racial justice will mean anything for how it treats its scores of Black workers.
Lovecraft Country runs on a formula: genre clichés—however racist—only need to be painted over, so as to be enjoyed without guilt.
"The women in my book really disrupted France’s ideas about citizenship, about who belongs. I’d like us to be similarly disruptive."
“Being in community with people and teaching and learning outside of the confines of our classroom: I still actually really believe in that.”
Can the inherent contradictions of “whiteness” and the “decolonial” ever align with the reparative potential of photography?
If he had to write The Black Jacobins again, C. L. R. James “would only give Toussaint [Louverture] a walk-on part.”
When we mythologize the ’60s, we lose sight of what’s truly ahead of us.
There is a moment early on in Hazel Carby’s Imperial Intimacies when she writes about the ways her mother Iris—as a Welsh woman—refused Englishness but still embraced Britishness. This is revealed in her mother’s dismay that ...
Hazel Carby’s Imperial Intimacies explores the couple, and intimacy, as foundational historical categories in postcolonial and decolonial studies. At the heart of her narrative lie Carl, a Jamaican ...
Family memoirs are a special kind of historical offering. They have the power to tell fine-grained stories of the past, of epochal events—wars, migrations, empires—and to intricately connect them to ...
Beginning at the end of the 1960s—in what we now call the start of the feminist Second Wave—women, especially black women, began making scholarly ...