Posted in New Trailer Alerts!!, On The Radar

Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

It’s AUGUST good people…one of my favorite months of the year!! And I am happy to say I got a nice listing of trailers hot off the press ready for you to view!! Check them out below:

Thirteen Lives (Streaming on Prime Video August 5th)

A League of Their Own (Streaming on Prime Video August 12th)

The Princess (Streaming on HBO August 13th)

Power Book III: Raising Kanan (Streaming on STARZ August 14th)

Bad Sisters (Streaming on Apple TV+ August 19th)

The Serpent Queen (Streaming on STARZ September 13th)

Blonde (Streaming on Netflix September 28th)

Posted in Holiday Celebration!!, On the Desk..., On The Radar, Resources

Plans for Juneteenth?? Let Me Offer a Few Things for you!!

As we prepare to celebrate the now federal holiday, Juneteenth, it is important that is not simply a day-off but a day of remembrance and liberation. And to get you in the spirit, I have compiled a few things to get you started!

Check it out below:

Film & Television/Podcasts

  • A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson (Streaming on Paramount+ and PlutoTV)
  • ‘Sound of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration’ (ABC/Hulu) Friday-June 17th at 8 pm/ET
  • ‘Something in the Water Festival’ (Amazon Prime Video and Twitch) Friday-Sunday 3 pm/ET
  • ‘After Jackie’ (History Channel) Saturday-June 18 at 8 pm/ET
  • ‘Juneteenth: A Global Celebration’ (CNN) Sunday-June 19th at 8 pm/ET
  • ‘Omitted : The Black Cowboy’ (ESPN 2) Sunday-June 19th at 2 pm/ET
  • Emergency (2022) [Amazon Prime Video]
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America- Episode #4-“Freedom” (2021) [Netflix]
  • Miss Juneteenth (2020)
  • Juneteenth Jamboree: A Place For Families (2016) [PBS]
  • Juneteenth: Why Our Day of Jubilation Matters [Conversations with Beloved & Kindred-Auburn Avenue Research Library]
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Cookbooks

  • Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations ~Nicole A. Taylor
  • Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health ~Gregory Gourdet
  • Vibration Cooking ~Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
  • Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking ~Albert Lukas, Jessica B. Harris, Jerome Grant, NMAAHC
  • Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine ~Norma Jean and Carole Darden
  • The Cooking Gene ~Michael Twitty
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Resource Guides

President Joe Biden talks with Opal Lee after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Bill, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West)
Posted in A Professor's Thoughts..., Feature Spotlight

Just In Case You Missed It…

On this past Monday I had an opportunity to share a few of my thoughts on Black History Month and what it means to me with my sister-friend, line sister, and fellow CAU alum Nichelle Wilson and her organization Happy Mama Happy Mini!!

And just in case you might have missed it, you can check it out below:

This was such a fun interview and so glad I got the chance to share a few of my thoughts!!

Enjoy!!

Posted in Feature Spotlight, On The Radar

Black History Month Spotlight!! “Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches”

SAVE THE DATE and MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

Gotta love when you get to see history played out on the screen!! Considering what is and is not being taught in schools today and the resistance with CRT, it is refreshing to to see other outlets of learning! Which makes me happy to see what HBO is doing this year for Black History month!! This February, HBO documentary presents Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches where it will bring to life the words of one of our country’s most famous anti-slavery activists. It will feature the great talent of Nicole Beharie (Scenes from a Marriage), Colman Domingo (Euphoria), Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country), Denzel Whitaker (The Great Debaters) and Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as they each draw from five of Douglass’ legendary speeches. The documentary will also feature narration of Douglass’ autobiographies by André Holland.

Jonathan Majors, Nicole Beharie, André Holland And More Lined Up For HBO's 'Frederick  Douglass: In Five Speeches' Doc - SHADOW & ACT
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Additional contextualization of Douglass’ writings will come from scholars David Blight, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sarah Lewis and Keidrick Roy, artist Bisa Butler, poet Nzadi Keita, as well as Douglass descendant Ken Morris who offer perspective on Douglass’ modern relevance and the unprecedented level of fame and influence to which he rose.

The five featured speeches are:

“I Have Come To Tell You Something About Slavery” (1841) performed by Denzel Whitaker. At an anti-slavery convention, Douglass recounts his story of being raised as a slave publicly for the first time.

“Country, Conscience, And The Anti-Slavery Cause” (1847) performed by Jonathan Majors. Douglass addresses the American Anti-Slavery Society on his return from the British Isles which he found to be more accepting and equitable than his own country.

“What, To The Slave, Is The Fourth Of July?” (1852) performed by Nicole Beharie. Douglass reminds his audience of the continuing enslavement of his people, 76 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

“The Proclamation And A Negro Army” (1863) performed by Colman Domingo. Douglass responds to the Emancipation Proclamation and calls for the Black man to be allowed to fight in the war.

“Lessons Of The Hour” (1894) performed by Jeffrey Wright. Douglass urges America to eliminate prejudice and look to its founding principles.

Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches premieres on February 23rd at 9 pm/ET on HBO and HBO Max!!

This Just In: HBO Documentary FREDERICK DOUGLASS: IN FIVE SPEECHES Debuts  February 23 - Bell Media
Posted in Feature Spotlight, On The Radar

Happy Founders to the Dynamic Women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.!!

22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on the campus of Howard University (Washington, DC)

109 Years Ago today twenty-two college-educated Black women on the campus of Howard University set out to change the world through scholarship, sisterhood, and service!! These Black women were bold, intelligent, innovative, creative, and just simply AMAZING!! I mean one of their first acts of public service was participating in the Women’s Suffrage March in 1913, talk about a proud moment!!

As one of the largest sororities founded in the United States, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. continues to blaze the trail sparked and lit by our 22 founders. As an organization we have made our mark in everything from education, politics, the military, social activism, women’s and civil rights, international programming, economic development & job training, housing equity, HIV/AIDS awareness, and SO MUCH MORE!!

I had the privilege and honor of becoming a proud member of this organization almost 19 years ago on the campus of Clark Atlanta University (Shout out to my Pearl Bearing Sigma Chapter Sorors)!! One of the best decisions I ever made!! With each passing year Founders Day becomes more and more special, and reminds me that through my personal and professional life I am making a change!

With a membership of more than 350,000 and over 1,000+ collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea, lets just say Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is all about making a global impact!!

So to ALL my Sorors of DST near and far… Happy 109th!!

*To learn more about my wonderful organization check out the following link here!!

Posted in On The Radar

Upcoming Event for Dr. G!!

Check out this upcoming event that Dr. G will be moderating on this Thursday!!

See the details below:

The Day the Klan Came to Town: A Comic Book Retelling of Community Resistance

November 4, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

(This will be a hybrid event. You can attend in-person or online.)

Description: Author Bill Campbell and artist Bizhan Khodabandeh discuss their work on the acclaimed new graphic novel, The Day the Klan Came to Town, a fictionalized retelling of a community’s resistance to a violent 1923 march of thousands of Ku Klux Klan members in Carnegie, Pa. Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do, describes the book as “A piece of American history in all its ugliness told as an astonishing coming together of misfits to stand up against a common threat. Bill brings an international scope to the history and a concise understanding of politics to the story. Bizhan’s art is dazzling. This is a book for our times.”

The event is free and open to all and will be held in person but will also be live streamed through Zoom. The in-person location will be James Branch Cabell Library, Room 303, 901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23219. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks.

Please register to attend in person or online. For questions or accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at applewhiteec@vcu.edu or (804) 357-7655.

To register, click here

About the book: The year is 1923. The Ku Klux Klan is at the height of its power in the U.S. as membership swells into the millions and they expand beyond their original southern borders. As they continue their campaigns of terror against African Americans, their targets now also include Catholics and Jews, southern and eastern Europeans, all in the name of “white supremacy.” Incorporating messages of moral decency, family values and temperance, the Klan has slapped on a thin veneer of respectability and become a “civic organization,” attracting new members, law enforcement and politicians to their particular brand of white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant “Americanism.”

Pennsylvania enthusiastically joined that wave. That was when the Grand Dragon of Pennsylvania decided to display the Klan’s newfound power in a show of force. He chose a small town outside of Pittsburgh named after Andrew Carnegie, a small, unassuming borough full of Catholics and Jews, the perfect place to teach immigrants a “lesson.” Some thirty thousand members of the Klan gathered from as far as Kentucky for “Karnegie Day.” After initiating new members, they armed themselves with torches and guns to descend upon the town to show them exactly what Americanism was all about.

The Day the Klan Came to Town is a fictionalized retelling of the riot, focusing on a Sicilian immigrant, Primo Salerno. He is not a leader; he’s a man with a troubled past. He was pulled from the sulfur mines of Sicily as a teen to fight in the First World War. Afterward, he became the focus of a local fascist and was forced to emigrate to the United States. He doesn’t want to fight but feels that he may have no choice. The entire town needs him—and indeed everybody—to make a stand.

You can also purchase the book through the publisher PM Press!

Posted in Monthly Book Recommendations, Resources

Dr. G’s May 2021-Book Recommendations

They say April showers bring May flowers, well in this case the flowers are books!! 😉 See what’s blooming this month, and check out the recommendations below:

  • Summer on the Bluffs ~Sunny Hostin
  • Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump ~Ben Philipe
  • Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir ~Ashley C. Ford
  • When Stars Rain Down ~Angela Jackson-Brown
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf ~Marlon James

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 On The Radar

New Trailer Alerts!!

Let me just say there is no shortage of content when it comes to new television series and movies, and what I got for you this week proves that point!!

Check out some of that “new-new” set to hit your screens, see below:

*A Black Lady Sketch Show (Season 2 Begins on April 23rd on HBO)

*The Underground Railroad (Series set to be released on May 14th on Amazon Prime)

*Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Set to be released on June 16th)

*Fast and Furious 9 (Set to be released on July 9th)

Enjoy!!

Posted in On The Radar, Resources

Internship Opportunity

2021 Black Perspectives Summer Editorial Internship Program

Calling all Graduate Students and Rising Seniors!!

So I am all about sharing opportunities that not only provide meaningful experiences (personally and professionally), but can also build one’s network!!

Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is currently accepting applications for our summer editorial internship program. The internship, which begins on June 1st and ends on August 31st, is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students (rising seniors only).

I can personally co-sign on this great opportunity, as I served as Summer Editorial Intern while in my doctoral program. After participating in this program, I would quickly move up in the ranks becoming an Editorial Assistant, then to Assistant Editor for Black Perspectives and currently serving as secretary for the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS).

So for those that may be interested, here is some more information about the internship program.

About the Internship

Interns will work closely with the blog editors on a part-time basis during the summer months and receive practical experience in academic blogging. Each intern will contribute to the publication of the blog in a variety of aspects including research, copy-editing, fact checking, formatting and publicity (via social media). Interns will receive a stipend and a complimentary one-year membership in AAIHS. The internship is virtual, which means that interns only need access to a computer and internet.

The 3-month internship also offers young scholars an opportunity to sharpen their writing skills and receive personalized feedback on their writing. It provides interns with access to a diverse network of early career bloggers (and professors), and the opportunity to publish their pieces on a popular academic blog.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited academic institution; graduate students (PhD and MA students) and advanced undergraduate students (rising seniors only).
  • Preference will be given to candidates who major/specialize in History and/or African American Studies. However, we welcome applications from candidates in a variety of fields including English, Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, International Relations and America Studies.
  • Must be motivated, detailed-oriented, and possess strong writing skills.
  • Must have a strong knowledge base and keen interest in Black thought, history and culture.
  • Must have an interest in public writing and social media.
  • Must be interested in working with a diverse group of scholars who are passionate about Black thought, history, and culture.
  • Must be willing to devote approximately 5 hours per week to assisting with the blog; and be willing to attend mandatory training sessions online (scheduled to take place in mid-to-late May).

Application Materials Needed

  • A cover letter (please introduce yourself; explain why you’re interested in this opportunity; and highlight relevant skills and experience that make you an ideal candidate for the internship).
  • A CV/Resume
  • 5-10 page writing sample
  • One recommendation letter from a professor/mentor. Applicants must arrange to have one recommendation letter submitted via email (editors@aaihs.org) no later than April 1, 2021. 

The application deadline is April 1, 2021 (11:59PM EST)

For additional information and where to apply, go here !! And please feel free to share with your networks!!

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Posted in On The Radar, Resources

Internship Opportunity

2021 Black Perspectives Summer Editorial Internship Program

Calling all Graduate Students and Rising Seniors!!

So I am all about sharing opportunities that not only provide meaningful experiences (personally and professionally, but can also build one’s network!!

Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is currently accepting applications for our summer editorial internship program. The internship, which begins on June 1st and ends on August 31st, is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students (rising seniors only).

I can personally co-sign on this great opportunity, as I served as Summer Editorial Intern while in my doctoral program. After participating in this program, I would quickly move up in the ranks becoming an Editorial Assistant, then to Assistant Editor for Black Perspectives and currently serving as secretary for the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS).

So for those that may be interested, here is some more information about the internship program.

About the Internship

Interns will work closely with the blog editors on a part-time basis during the summer months and receive practical experience in academic blogging. Each intern will contribute to the publication of the blog in a variety of aspects including research, copy-editing, fact checking, formatting and publicity (via social media). Interns will receive a stipend and a complimentary one-year membership in AAIHS. The internship is virtual, which means that interns only need access to a computer and internet.

The 3-month internship also offers young scholars an opportunity to sharpen their writing skills and receive personalized feedback on their writing. It provides interns with access to a diverse network of early career bloggers (and professors), and the opportunity to publish their pieces on a popular academic blog.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited academic institution; graduate students (PhD and MA students) and advanced undergraduate students (rising seniors only).
  • Preference will be given to candidates who major/specialize in History and/or African American Studies. However, we welcome applications from candidates in a variety of fields including English, Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, International Relations and America Studies.
  • Must be motivated, detailed-oriented, and possess strong writing skills.
  • Must have a strong knowledge base and keen interest in Black thought, history and culture.
  • Must have an interest in public writing and social media.
  • Must be interested in working with a diverse group of scholars who are passionate about Black thought, history, and culture.
  • Must be willing to devote approximately 5 hours per week to assisting with the blog; and be willing to attend mandatory training sessions online (scheduled to take place in mid-to-late May).

Application Materials Needed

  • A cover letter (please introduce yourself; explain why you’re interested in this opportunity; and highlight relevant skills and experience that make you an ideal candidate for the internship).
  • A CV/Resume
  • 5-10 page writing sample
  • One recommendation letter from a professor/mentor. Applicants must arrange to have one recommendation letter submitted via email (editors@aaihs.org) no later than April 1, 2021. 

The application deadline is April 1, 2021 (11:59PM EST)

For additional information and where to apply, go here !! And please feel free to share with your networks!!

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