Pandemic Teaching

The title above may make this post seem extremely urgent – as if this were an emergency. Well, in many ways it is. We are still in the midst of at least one global health crisis. I didn’t have the experience that many of my colleagues had in the Spring where classes were abruptly interrupted ...

Dissertation Acknowledgements

It hit me that when I uploaded my dissertation to Emory’s thesis and dissertation database a month ago (and had it embargoed) no one would have the change to read the part that I don’t want to have embargoed. And so, I figured that I would reproduce it here. I’ve got nothing to hide and ...

Shakespeare and Spirituality

You may or may not know that I used to adapt Shakespeare into modernized prose narratives. I wrote Othello, for example, as a short story about a white South African guy enrolled at an HBCU and all the problems that ensued. During the pandemic, I’ve rediscovered many of these stories – much to my excitement. ...

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 ...