Pandemics, racist violence, climate change, democratic collapse: it’s finally clear that it’s Butler’s world. We’re just living in it.
Global Black History
“Are there ways in which Black North Americans connected to places and things that were outside of the world we thought they were in?”
Exponentially more enslaved Africans were forced to the lands that now make up Latin America rather than the United States. Where is their story?
“Octavia Butler teaches us,” explains Black playwright Ericka Dickerson-Despenza, “…that we have two options in Apocalypse: adapt or die.”
In 1963, a Panamanian assemblywoman took to Cuban radio to condemn the United States and its control of the Americas.
Once, Black women employed textile arts both as a mutual aid network, and as a safe space to envision a Southern Black liberated life.
Few know the film—the first feature-length film by a West African director—was based on a real-life incident, a real tragedy lost in colonial archives.
White supremacy tells us we do not belong, but we do have a place in history.
“Liberation begins in the mind… Black folks have never been given the opportunity to define our own reality.”
“There is nothing supreme about being white.”
Libertie presents a revolutionary vision of what life could be like for Black women in the 19th century.
Though a new phenomenon, Verzuz isn’t new. Black artistic, scholarly, athletic, and political spaces have always been made into battlegrounds.
“What are the compartments that have been placed around how we understand slavery and genocide and its impact on our lives and the world?”
Throughout its history, residents of Haiti, especially those of African descent, imagined and created their own possibilities for new social worlds.
Even with colonialism and slavery ended, black life remains unfree. What will it take to go from emancipation to liberation?
The transnational struggles of Black women throughout history are different experiments in the practice of freedom.
Confronting painful pasts gives society an opportunity to change. This is why those invested in the amnesiac status quo fight against memory.
By France’s twisted logic, acknowledging race equals attacking the Republic.
Remember that anti-Black violence has been the central dynamic of US history—and how Black women have struggled with this violence for centuries.
White South Africans used wildlife conservation to build a narrative as a race. Unfortunately, this pursuit came at the expense of Africans.