Transnational Renderings of Negra/o/x- Omaris Zamora

May Day Check-in How are you feeling? What’s on your mind? How can I help to facilitate a successful end of the semester? Central Ideas “To be negra is not something you choose but something placed on you, policed and rejected in you.” (93)  “It is pivotal that we recall negro in its transnational translation from Latin America and… Continue reading Transnational Renderings of Negra/o/x- Omaris Zamora

Creating the Black University, Black City and Life Studies- Conor Tomás Reed-Day 2

“The experiences of Toni Cade Bambara, David Henderson, and June Jordan before, during, and after their time at the City College of New York illustrate how such experimental creative teaching methods could blossom from the SEEK Program at this particular juncture (the 1960s) in New York City… Altogether, these three educators illustrate the power of… Continue reading Creating the Black University, Black City and Life Studies- Conor Tomás Reed-Day 2

Creating the Black University, Black City and Life Studies- Conor Tomás Reed-Day 1

Entry Questions What has been your experience at Baruch College/ CUNY thus far? Do you feel included and well-represented within the space and the curriculum? What about the communities you belong? Do you think Baruch and CUNY promote Black-Latine-affirming spaces? Why? Why not? What type of classroom engagements (activities, assignments, lecture style, sources, materials, events,… Continue reading Creating the Black University, Black City and Life Studies- Conor Tomás Reed-Day 1

Cocolos Modernos- Petra Rivera-Rideau

Cocolos Modernos Professor and scholar of race and Caribbean music Petra Rivera-Rideau argues “that a cultural politics of blackness links salsa and reggaetón. This cultural politics of blackness denotes a particular positioning that not only calls attention to the processes of racial exclusion embedded within Puerto Rico’s so-called racial democracy but also situates the island… Continue reading Cocolos Modernos- Petra Rivera-Rideau

Abuela’s Greatest Gift- Janel Martinez

Janel Martinez, a Black Garifuna writer living in the diaspora, explores her matrilineal lineage in her personal essay “Abuela’s Greatest Gift,” delving into her connection with her Garifunidad. She highlights the “gifts” passed down to her: .ancestral memory, which encompasses historical and spiritual ties to her homeland and its people .a commitment to truthful storytelling… Continue reading Abuela’s Greatest Gift- Janel Martinez