“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 the author of The Blackademic Life: Academic Fiction, Higher Education, and the Black Intellectual (Northwestern University Press, 2019). Born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi, he now 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, Poetry Foundation, and JSTOR Daily, and he is a blogger for Black Perspectives. He serves on the Board of Directors of the CLAGS Center for LGBTQ Studies. He has also worked as a licensed New York City walking tour guide, and teaches courses on NYC literature and history.