Posted in Feature Spotlight, On The Radar

Dr. G’s Upcoming Events!!

Nothing like keeping busy and enjoying it all at the same time!! And why not share with you!! Check out some of my upcoming events!! Mark your calendars!!

*February 7th, 2022 (1 pm/ET)- “Black History Month in the Workplace”, Having Tough Conversation Series-Monthly Series (Virtual Lecture) [OCOO-Office of The Chief  Operating Officer]…(Washington, DC/Richmond, VA)

*February 15th, 2022 (4 pm/ET)- “The Art of Storytelling: Black Imagining of Politics and Pop Culture”, [Featured Series Speaker], Berglund Seminar Series-Virginia Commonwealth University-Honors College (Richmond, VA)…Registration TBA

*February 19th, 2022 (12:30-2 pm/ET)-“Black Women and Theories of the Future” (virtual) [Invited Panelist], Schomburg Center-Black Feminist Future series, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture-The New York Public Library (Harlem, NY)…Register Here

Join us for Black Woman and Theories of the Future, a virtual conversation detailing and discussing Black women’s cultural and academic contributions to Afrofuturism past, present, and future. The program features Dr. Susana Morris (Georgia Institute of Technology), Dr. Kinitra Brooks (Michigan State University), Dr. Esther Jones (Clark University), Dr. Tiffany Barber (University of Delaware), and Dr. Grace Gipson (Virginia Commonwealth University).

*February 23-26, 2022-

“The Future is in Her Hands: Rewriting Black Girlhood Narratives and Experiences in Comics,” 43rd Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference, [Conference Presenter], (Albuquerque, NM)

“Teaching & Research with Critical Race Theory” 43rd Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference [Invited Panelist], (Albuquerque, NM)

Despite the fact that Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been around for over 40 years, it appears that a lot of folks – especially those who have little understanding of what it is, its history, and how it is used (and not used) – have recently discovered it exists and have formed ill-informed opinions as to its appropriateness in education. CRT originated among diverse legal scholars and led to the development of other “branches” of CRT such as LatCrit, TribalCrit, and Asian CRT. According to the American Bar Association, “CRT challenges white privilege and exposes deficit-informed research that ignores, and often omits, the scholarship of people of color.” Parents and politicians in the United States have come out in force, disrupting school board meetings, proposing legislation, and even calling for a ban on the teaching of CRT at all levels of education, calling it “indoctrination” and divisive. This roundtable attempts to do a number of things: provide historical background regarding the development of CRT, provide context for the recent public outcry regarding its supposed use in the classroom, share ideas and resources regarding CRT in the classroom and research, and discuss attempts to impose bans or legislation that misunderstand and seek to limit the use of CRT in education and how one can respond. Participants also welcome additional experiences, ideas, resources, and strategies from folks in the audience.

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Posted in Monthly Book Recommendations

Dr. G’s November Book Recommendations

We are one month away from the end of the year, but the reading never stops!! This month I went heavy on the YA books and novels with a splash of the diaspora!! I had to make sure I included my young readers in this list!!

So remember to pre-order, add to your cart, visit your local bookstore, and grab a copy or two!! And without further ado check out the recommendations below:

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

~Dr. G

Posted in New Trailer Alerts!!, On The Radar

#BlackGirlMagic in Effect-A New Superhero is coming to The CW!!

Well I am always for #BlackGirlMagic especially when it’s in the comic book genre, and The CW is giving us some with their latest series, Naomi!! Many fans and viewers know that The CW has a unique approach to its DC shows, and this latest series is adding to that catalog.

Television and Comic book version of DC Comics “Naomi” (Photo Credit: The CW)

As a fairly new character (only being introduced in 2019) Naomi McDuffie is making a transition from comics to television very quickly!! And just in case you are new to this character, or just want a little more info see some facts about Naomi and the upcoming series listed below:

  • The series is expected to re-tell Naomi’s origin story
  • Naomi’s origins include the life of an adopted high school teen who yearns to know her beginnings and while doing so discovers that she has some embedded superpowers
  • The comic book character was birthed in 2019 from writers Brian Bendis & David F. Walker and artist Jamal Campbell
  • She can morph into a superpower form and possesses such powers as flight, resistance to injury, and superhuman strength
  • Her adoptive parents have a unique back story as well
  • Naomi is joining an established crew of young, Black, and gifted comic book characters (Milestone MediaStatic Shock and Rocket; Marvel ComicsLunella Lafayette/Moon Girl, RiRi Williams/Ironheart, Miles Morales/Spiderman; Stranger ComicsNiobe)

You will have to tune in next year to learn more!! Actress Kaci Walfall (Army Wives) will play the role of the super powered teen. I’m really excited that we are seeing more leading youthful representation not just in comics and television, but pop culture as a whole!

Created by creative television and film genius Ava Duvernay and CW veteran Jill Blankenship, Naomi is set to premiere on The CW in 2022 and will take place within the Arrowverse.

Check out the teaser trailer below:

Talk about being hyped!!

I am definitely excited to see more Girl Power on the television screen and this looks like it is definitely fitting the bill!! 2022 can’t come fast enough!!

~Dr. G

Posted in Monthly Book Recommendations, Resources

Dr. G’s-July Book Recommendations

This month we are reflecting and celebrating Black girl and woman experiences!! We got a nice mix of novels, memoirs, and Black literature to keep you engaged and entertained!

Check out this month’s selections and pre-order and/or head on over to your nearest bookstore!!

  • Luster A Novel ~Raven Leilani
  • Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Pop Culture ~Zeba Blay
  • On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library ~Glory Edim
  • Leaving Breezy Street: A Memoir ~Brenda Myers-Powell w/April Reynolds
  • The Poison Heart ~Kalynn Bayron

Remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

Till next month!!

~Dr. G

Posted in Conversations with Beloved & Kindred

Conversations with Beloved & Kindred-Episode #7

New Episode on Deck!!

Just in case you may have missed last week’s episode of Conversations with Beloved and Kindred, I got you covered!!

In this episode, Dr. Robinson and I break down episodes 7 and 8 of Lovecraft Country. Much like the previous episodes, these episodes were very much imaginative, personal and focused on a particular moment. However, what really sets these episodes a part from the earlier ones were their centering, specifically, on the Black woman and Black girl experiences. As two Black women who have experienced various perspectives of Black girlhood (southern and midwestern) to currently navigating Black womanhood both episodes are very relatable.

Being able to not only acknowledge and focus on the many layers of their experiences (trauma, resistance, joy, naming, anger, etc.) is essential because it allows for their stories to be seen as real made visible to a large audience.

To hear more about what we thought, check it out below:

On next time, we will discuss the 2018 supernatural/sci-fi/superhero/drama film Fast Colors from director Julia Hart and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, and Saniyya Sidney. Here in this film we get to see #BlackGirlMagic, Black Female Star Power and the Black Female Imaginary on full display!!

See you next time!!

Posted in Conversations with Beloved & Kindred

Conversations with Beloved & Kindred-New Episode Alert

New Episode Dropping TODAY!!

Tune in as Dr. Robinson and I continue the conversation on the HBO series “Lovecraft Country” with episode 7 (“I Am”) and episode 8 (“Jig-A-Bobo”)!!

We went deep with this episode and had a lot fun discussing the many nuanced and complex layers of Black womanhood and girlhood…We hope you enjoy it!

The conversation will take place on Thursday April 8th at 5 pm on Facebook Live via Auburn Avenue Research Library!!