“Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Kanye West: no point explaining uppity negritude to those who would never get it.” – Teju Cole
Lavelle Porter is a writer, and a scholar of African-American Literature. He is an Assistant Professor of English at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center, and a B.A. in history from Morehouse College. His writing has appeared in venues such as The New Inquiry, African-American Intellectual History Society, Warscapes, Poetry Foundation and Callaloo. He serves on the Board of Directors of the CLAGS Center for LGBTQ Studies. He is currently working on a book about representations of black higher education called The Blackademic Life: Academic Fiction, Higher Education and the Black Intellectual.