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Reflection on a Desire for a People’s Literature By Kristina Kay Robinson Today, Black Americans again find themselves in the crosshairs. The target of America’s militarized police–our deaths the crux of the country’s media machine. The abysmal statistics cited in…

Hanging Out Here: Editors’ Round-Up

Here are some of our favorite things on the internet and hard copy this week. Timely new stories, a dig through our archive, and some classics. Kristina Kay Robinson is… watching Criterion Channel lifts paywall on Black films “Titles streaming…

Room 220 Opinion: A Difficult Conversation a Day

Accountability is the greatest form of love. . . . A few days ago, a former fellow teacher made a tone-deaf statement regarding the murder of George Floyd and the concept of police accountability on Facebook. I saw it and…

Room 220 Syllabus: Supplemental Reading

1. Silencing the Past (20th anniversary edition) MICHEL-ROLPH TROUILLOT Foreword by Hazel V. Carby A modern classic about power and the making of history, with a new foreword by a prominent scholar “Placing the West’s failure to acknowledge the most successful slave…

Hanging Out Here: Editor’s Round-Up

Here are a few of my favorite things on the internet and hard copy this week. Timely new stories, a dig through our archive, and some classics. A Conversation with Jericho Brown by Skye Jackson from French Quarter Journal Fresh…

Passwords for this Moment

New Orleans poet Nikki Mayeux shares daily art prompts to support the essential activity of creation When quarantine started, I knew I wanted to create a daily artistic practice in the way that you know you should probably drink some…

Written in Lightning : (Looking Back at Watchmen)

Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen chooses to speak directly to Black America Watchmen is widely regarded to be one of the greatest graphic novels of all time—especially when it comes to superhero stories. In my view, Watchmen was a true achievement for…

Hanging Out Here: A few online dwelling places while inside

Quarantine is well… quarantine. Here are a few of the things that kept me occupied this week in the age of social distancing. Click the headings to get there!   VOGUE ITALIA ARCHIVE Search through decades of Italian vogue for…

The Illusion of Change: What Afrofuturism is doing for mainstream comics

photo by Alex Smith ig:@alexoteric I got hooked on comics before I could read. My older brother H. T. would recap stories he had read himself—like the one where Colossus picked up a skyscraper, or the one where the Sub-mariner threw…

The Orpheus of New Orleans: Daiquiri Jones Brings Poetry Back to its Roots

On St. Claude Avenue, I was waiting to cross over Elysian Fields with a poet friend of mine, when a vision flew past me on a mountain bike two sizes too small, making their figure loom even larger. They rode…

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