Category: African American Studies

Investigating Reproductive Injustice

Investigating Reproductive Injustice

Black women are more likely to give birth prematurely than any other group of women in the US—Dána-Ain Davis explores this reproductive injustice shrouded in racism

Fat Phobia Affects Everyone

Fat Phobia Affects Everyone

—Sabrina Strings
Today, there is no community in America that can claim to be untouched by the twin regulatory forces of thin privilege and fat stigma.

Books just in time for Kwanzaa

Books just in time for Kwanzaa

Celebrate Kwanzaa with some amazing African and African American Studies books from NYU Press and WITS University Press. Check out some we cherry-picked below which we hope help you celebrate… READ MORE

Don’t Forget About Serena

Don’t Forget About Serena

—Ralina L. Joseph
A black woman icon such as Serena Williams has to bear the disproportionate burden of not only being the target of racist attacks, but also of being above responding to them, maintaining a pose of “strategic ambiguity.”

In Black Panther and Wakanda, extraordinary possibilities are realized

In Black Panther and Wakanda, extraordinary possibilities are realized

—Chandra D. Bhimull
In Wakanda, there, is a kingdom, is a nation; are traditions, innovations, scientific marvels and machine-driven feats, natures held in high regard; is where women are unapologetically brilliant and unflinchingly strong; is a where without whiteness; is black genius. In Wakanda, “extraordinary possibilities” are realized, whereas in reality the process of colonization had them “wiped out.”

Black Lives, Black Power, and Black Catholics

Black Lives, Black Power, and Black Catholics

—Matthew J. Cressler
All too often, in both history and historiography, “racial justice” is presumed to be equivalent to a particular mode of protest from a particular period in time; namely, Christian liberal interracial efforts to end segregation in the South. But when we turn our attention to the decade after King’s death, we find that the assassination of Martin Luther King marked the beginning rather than the end of Black Catholic freedom struggles.