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New York The Blackademic Life

Black History Month

Back in February I was invited by New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer to be one of four honorees at the yearly Black History Month celebration hosted by his office. This event is usually held in person, but due to COVID-19, it was held online. 

This week Van Bramer delivered the certificates to each of the honorees. 

Thank you to my Council Member and neighbor Jimmy Van Bramer. I am grateful for this recognition. 

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Books New York

Walt Whitman, Racism, and American Literature

I really enjoyed this conversation with Matt Miller (and Karen Karbiener). You can view it now on YouTube.

Walt Whitman, Racism, and American Literature: Matt Miller and Lavelle Porter

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Books New York

In Search of Samuel R. Delany

I have a new review essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books on two recently published books by Chip Delany: In Search of Silence: The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume I, 1957-1969 (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) and Voyage, Orestes! (Bamberger Books, 2019).

“In Search of Samuel R. Delany”

 

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New York

Should Walt Whitman Be #Cancelled?: Black America talks back to “The Good Gray Poet” at 200.

I have a new piece out for National Poetry Month on JSTOR Daily about Walt Whitman, black writers, and the upcoming 200th anniversary celebrations of his birth.

Should Walt Whitman Be #Cancelled?

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Books New York

A Walk Through Teju Cole’s Open City

I have a new piece out in the “Big Apple” issue of The Revelator, edited by Eric Schaller and Matthew Cheney. “A Walk Through Teju Cole’s Open City” was inspired by teaching Open City and taking my students on a walking tour of Lower Manhattan.