Where are the Coffee Shops in Black Atlanta?

Ok. So the title of this post is a little misleading, especially the term “Black Atlanta.” You might say that Black Atlanta is full of cafes and coffeeshops. Just look at the area just east of downtown formerly known as Sweet Auburn around Edgewood. Old Fourth Ward is the name of part of that area. ...

‘Angel’ Observations

I’ve been binge watching the late 90s-early 2000s TV show Angel since some time in November. I was always a fan, and so seeing it show up on my Hulu after all these years of being Angel-free (but not Joss Whedon free) was really exciting! It was one of my two favorite shows back in ...

“Just Bought a Cadillac”: Hip Hop and Caddy Culture

Spurred on by an amazing talk about Outkast by African American life and culture researcher Dr. Regina Bradley at Emory’s James Weldon Johnson Institute, I’ve been thinking a lot about the figure of the Cadillac in Southern hip hop music. But nothing here is fully fleshed out just yet. Bradley talked a bit about Outkast’s ...

Black Batman, Black Joker

So there was some talk in the universe about a new Batman actor to replace Ben Affleck. You know, the Batman actor who replaced Christian Bale… who replaced George Clooney… who replaced Val Kilmer… who replaced Michael Keaton… who replaced Adam West… to say nothing of the marvelous Kevin Conroy and a bunch of others ...

Appropriate Attire for ‘Black Panther’

21. February 2018 I've Been Thinking 0
[No spoilers here.] Over the past two weeks, I’ve been enjoying all of the photos of black folks at various premieres of Marvel’s monumental Black Panther around the globe in all sorts of attires – traditional and cosmopolitan. Suited and booted. Better than Sunday best. I’ve seen black folks connecting to a larger heritage – or ...

Shakespeare and Black Atlanta, 1916

This post originally appeared as a blog for the Atlanta Studies Network.   Shakespeare in Black and White: Atlanta, 1916 Justin Shaw   In 2016, like many other cities across the nation and around the globe, Atlanta played host to a year of celebrations commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. But ...

A Hard Look at ‘The Magicians’

04. January 2017 I've Been Thinking 0
I was going to write a post about my issues with one of my favorite TV shows, The Walking Dead. I just finished binge watching the last several episodes of the current season. But I got sidetracked when I stumbled upon a little new show called The Magicians on SyFy (well, I found it on ...