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JULY 23, 2016

JULY 23, 2016




#The History

Soundtable II:

70 Recent

History Books By

Black Women

Co-authored by Sowande’ Mustakeem and
Keisha N. Blain

FotorCreatedIn recognition of the dynamic work being done by black women scholars, here is a list of 70 new and forthcoming books on a range of topics from the era of slavery to the post-Civil Rights era. This list is an expansion of Sowande’ Mustakeem’s original #TheHistorySoundtable list of 40 key works by black women scholars. In the days following its release, we saw a need to further expand the list, broadening the selections to include additional new and forthcoming books that capture the range and depth of black women historian’s scholarly contributions. The books listed below shed light on how black women scholars are shaping and defining the fields of United States history, African history, and African Diaspora History. We encourage educators to incorporate these works into their syllabi for fall courses, and invite these scholars to their campuses to share their exciting research with colleagues and students. This list is not meant to be exhaustive and represents the first of a new recurring series on AAIHS, which will highlight new and forthcoming works by black women historians.

*Are you a black woman historian who has written a new book or has a book scheduled for publication within the next 2 years? Please send us the details via this submission form and/or tweet suggestions to Sowande’ (@somustakeem) and Keisha (@KeishaBlain) using the hashtag “#TheHistorySoundtable.”


Carol Anderson, Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941–1960 (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Angela Ards, Words of Witness: Black Women’s Autobiography in the Post Brown Era(University of Wisconsin Press, 2016)

Devyn Spence Benson, Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Keisha N. Blain, Contesting the Global Color Line: Black Women, Nationalist Politics and Internationalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)

Sasha Turner Bryson, Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childbirth, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica, 1780–1834 (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming)

Mia Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha Jones, and Barbara Savage, eds., Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Monique Bedasse, Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania and Black Internationalism in the Age of Decolonization (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming)

978-080704762-0Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave in the Building of a Nation (Beacon Press, forthcoming)

Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie Harris , Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (University of Georgia Press, 2014)

Regina N. Bradley, Chronicling Stankonia: Recognizing America’s Hip Hop South(University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming)

Cherise Jones Branch, Crossing the Line: Women’s Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II (University Press of Florida, 2014)

Tammy L. Brown, City of Islands: Caribbean Intellectuals in New York (University Press of Mississippi, 2015)

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston (University of North Carolina Press, 2014)

51pSV3tmT+LMarcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015)

Arica Coleman, That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia (Indiana University Press, 2013)

Brittney Cooper, Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition, 1892-Present (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming)

Keona Ervin, The Labor of Dignity: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis, 1933-1969 (University of Kentucky Press, forthcoming)

Ashley Farmer, What You’ve Got is a Revolution: Black Women’s Movements for Black Power (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming)

Crystal Feimster, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching(Harvard University Press, 2009)

Aisha Finch, Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841–1844 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Tanisha Ford, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Nishani Frazier, Harambee City: CORE in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism (University of Arkansas Press, 2017)

Marisa Fuentes, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

gillTiffany M. Gill, Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry (University of Illinois Press, 2010)

Dayo Gore, Radicalism at the Crossroads. African American Women Activists in the Cold War (New York University Press, 2011)

Hilary Green, Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890 (Fordham University Press, 2016)

Kali Nicole Gross, Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Sarah Haley, No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Françoise Hamlin, Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

lashawnLashawn Harris, Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy (University of Illinois Press, 2016)

Cheryl Hicks, Talk With You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935 (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life (Harvard University Press, 2014)

Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida (University Press of Florida, 2015)

Tera W. Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (Harvard University Press, forthcoming)

Bayyinah Jeffries, A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women: African American Muslim Women in the Movement for Black Self Determination, 1950–1975(Lexington Books, 2014)

bluffShirletta Kinchen, Black Power in the Bluff City: African American Youth and Student Activism in Memphis, 1965–1975 (University of Tennessee Press, 2015)

Barbara Krauthamer, Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Talitha Leflouria, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Natasha Lightfoot, Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation (Duke University Press, 2015)

Treva Lindsey, Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C.(University of Illinois Press, forthcoming)

Bettina Love, Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012)

Jessica Millward, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland (University of Georgia Press, 2015)

Donna Murch, Revolution in Our Lifetime (Verso, forthcoming)

slaverySowande’ M. Mustakeem, Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (University of Illinois Press, 2016)

Deirdre Cooper Owens, Medical Superbodies: Slavery, Immigration, and the Birth of American Gynecology (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming)

Kennetta Hammond Perry, London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Brenda Gayle Plummer, In Search of Power: African Americans in the Era of Decolonization, 1956–1974 (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Christy Clark Pujara, Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island (New York University Press, 2016)

Sheri Randolph, Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical(University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Barbara Ransby, Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Robeson (Yale University Press, 2014)

rayCarina Ray, Crossing the Color Line: Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana (Ohio University Press, 2015)

Shana L. Redmond, Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (New York University Press, 2013)

Michele Reid-Vasquez, The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (University of Georgia Press, 2011)

Leah Wright Rigueur, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power (Princeton University Press, 2015)

Zandria Robinson, This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (University of North Carolina Press, 2014)

Crystal Sanders, A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Bricktop’s Paris: African American Women in Paris Between the Two World Wars (SUNY Press, 2015)

Lakisha Simmons, Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Robyn Spencer, The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party in Oakland (Duke University Press, 2016)

brendaBrenda Stevenson, The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Elizabeth Stordeour Pryor, Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Katrina Thompson, Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery (University of Illinois Press, 2014)

Clarissa Threat, Nursing Civil Rights: Gender and Race in the Army Nurse Corps(University of Illinois Press, 2015)

Judith Weisenfeld, A New Day A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration (New York University Press, forthcoming)

whitehead_coverKarsonya Wise Whitehead, Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis (University of South Carolina Press, 2014)

Ethelene Whitmire, Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian(University of Illinois Press, 2015)

Erica Lorraine Williams, Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements(University of Illinois Press, 2013)

Kidada Williams, They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I (New York University Press, 2012)

Rhonda Williams, Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century (Routledge, 2014)

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Waste of a White Skin: The Carnegie Corporation and the Racial Logic of White Vulnerability (University of California Press, 2015).


Sowande’ M. Mustakeem is assistant professor in the Department of History and the African and African American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (University of Illinois Press, 2016). Keisha N. Blain is assistant professor of history at the University of Iowa and co-editor of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence. Her work has been published in the Journal of Social HistorySouls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society; and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International.








July 24, 2016

July 24, 2016



10 Minutes With

Star Economist

Dambisa Moyo



Inequality is one of the most pressing issues of our time. But what is to be done?

Inequality is one of the most pressing issues of our time. But what is to be done?

Inequality is one of the hottest-button issues of our time — the source of fiery debatesover its extent, how to reduce it and even whether it’s really a problem. For starters, though, it’d help to define what we’re talking about when we talk about inequality: gender, sexual preference, race, economic? Access to resources (and which resources)? Among countries or within countries? 

One lover of such precision is Dambisa Moyo, a Zambia-born macroeconomist who started off as a banker — at the World Bank and then Goldman Sachs — and is now one of the world’s most prominent thinkers on international development. She published her first book, Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa, in 2009, just as the effects of the global financial crisis had begun reverberating through supposedly “developed” economies. And indeed, much of her work — about infrastructure and education in the United States and growth in China — has tended, deliberately, to interrogate the line between developed and undeveloped. 

We caught up with Moyo at OZY Fusion Fest yesterday before she appeared on a panel, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, on inequality. Let it be known that Moyo is a kickass dresser with a charming British accent and that this interview has been edited for clarity. 

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OZY: Why is income inequality worsening in the United States? It’s a complex issue, of course, but what major trends do you think have widened the gap? 

Dambisa Moyo: It’s a terrific question. I believe that at its very core, income inequality is growing because of the erosion of social mobility. We as economists and public policymakers know that income inequality has been an issue from time immemorial. The difference now is in the expectation of being able to deal with it. We were once quite optimistic that when people were able to get an education, get a job and therefore get a higher income, that would close the income gap.

But we’ve seen a significant erosion in social mobility. For example, if you were born into a household below the bottom 25th percentile of income, your chances of ending up in the top 25 percent have halved — in just the past 30 years. So those types of statistics are quite disconcerting. And it is worth pointing out that this is not just about the United States.

This is a global phenomenon, though. Even apart from the wealth gap — today, the 62 wealthiest people in the world have more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population—  income inequality has increased for many countries around the world. Particularly developed countries. 

OZY: What are some of the best policies to increase social mobility and reduce income inequality?

D.M.: I would frame it as needing to separate short-term interventions versus long-term interventions. It behooves and is advantageous for society to ensure that every member of society is living at some basic level of income. The public policy interventions there tend to be around transfers and minimum wages. But longer term, you need to invest in education and infrastructure. And here, in the U.S. in particular, there has been an underinvestment in quality education. On a dollar basis, education spending is up, but the quality of education outcomes has deteriorated significantly.

To put it in context, the OECD has a very scary statistic that this generation of Americans, for the first time in the 300-year history of the United States, is the first generation that will be less educated than the preceding generation. This is quite damning. And it’s not just about the United States growing — it’s about the global economy too. Many countries depend on the United States to be a leader, especially in things like R&D.  

OZY: What say you about the state of women’s equality?

D.M. Well, obviously, the good news is that we’ve had a lot more women coming into the workforce. If you think about the United States in the 1950s and even since World War II, a lot of women were absorbed into the economy as workers. So the whole economy has benefited considerably, not just from the advent of technology, but also from the changing demographics of women in the workforce. If you look across the world right now, even in Africa, we have two female presidents, very senior policymakers, and not just in Africa, either. Really, across the world, we’ve seen women’s aspirations and opportunities expand quite considerably.

Nevertheless, because women tend to be the homemaker and, increasingly, primary income earners in the household too, the income-inequality issue takes on even more importance. One of the common statistics is that women are earning a fraction of the income on the men’s dollar.


Pooja Bhatia is OZY’s deputy editor. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Economist, and was once the mango-eating champion of Port-au-Prince.










Dec. 2015

Dec. 2015




For 10 years, Damario Solomon-Simmons has worked as a civil rights lawyer in Tulsa, Okla., most recently filing a federal lawsuit against Tulsa City Transit on charges of wrongful arrest and extortion.

His clients were arrested, extorted, and jailed by the city of Tulsa for reasons that still remain unclear, but he believes the problem has to do with the color of their skin: The five men and one woman are all Black. 

He thought he’d seen everything until he and his friend and colleague National Bar Association President Benjamin Crump decided last week to visit the trial of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who is being tried for sexually assaulting 13 Black women while on duty.

Charges include 36 counts of rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and stalking. He thought he’d picked easy targets: poor, Black women, who were in and out of  the criminal justice system, and would lack credibility if they tried to pursue charges.

rape victims

But that hasn’t stopped the women from fighting for their rights, although most must suffer the indignity of being escorting into the the courtroom by officers in shackles, jumpsuits and handcuffs, while their alleged attacker sits unchained in a suit, he said.

What Solomon-Simmons saw during the visit, he says, underscores the importance of seeing the Black Lives Matter protests spread across all aspects of life, including the legal system and corporate America.

“More than 50 years removed from the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Black people rank the same or worse in almost every social-economic category such as incarceration rates, health disparities, education achievement, employment opportunities, income and wealth inequality, housing segregation, and, of course, police brutality,” he told NewsOne. “So, it is important and appropriate for Black Lives Matter advocates to work to make our nation understand that currently Black lives are undervalued and underserved in every aspect of American life.”

Here, NewsOne talks with Solomon-Simmons about the court proceedings and the victim blaming happening within.

NewsOne: You and Ben Crump recently visited the trial of Holtzclaw. What prompted the visit? And what did you see? 

DSS: As Black men and lawyers, it was important that we attended the trial to both personally show solidarity and Ben, as President of the National Bar Association (NBA) which has over 65,000 lawyers, judges, and legal professional of color, to let the world know that the NBA supports and stands with the 13 female victims Holtzclaw is accused of sexually assaulting.

Frankly, it was a surreal and disappointing scene that was more like 1915 than 2015. First, we quickly noticed that not only were there no Black jurors, there were not any Black lawyers, bailiffs, clerks, or security personnel in the courtroom. In fact, Ben immediately leaned over and stated to me that the “only thing Black in this trial are rape victims and the Judge’s robe.”

Next, we were disappointed to see that, while defendant Holtzclaw was allowed to attend the trial in a suit and free from handcuffs or restraints, some of the alleged victims were actually forced to testify while shackled and “dressed out” in jail orange jump suits.

Lastly, we were disappointed to find out that many of the victims didn’t have proper representation or support to help them navigate the confusing and complicated legal proceedings.

This is emblematic of a legal system that is embarrassingly void of Black participation except as defendants, too often treats Blacks as “guilty until proven innocent,” and is undeniably slanted in favor of our White, wealthy, and connected citizens such as Holtzclaw.

NO: Do you think more cases like this will come to light as a result of Black Lives Matter protests?

DSS: Yes, I do because the harsh reality is that these types of abuses have been and are occurring all across this nation in Black, brown, and poor communities. In fact, as a civil rights attorney, I receive calls and investigate credible allegations of police brutality, abuses, and impropriety more often than most Americans would be comfortable knowing.

So, while the Holtzclaw allegations are egregious, unfortunately there are rogue “Holtzclaw type” officers terrorizing Black communities all across this nation. The good news is that, with the prevalence of social media, cell phone videos, and the unapologetic Black Lives Matter attitude many Black are adopting, more bad police and policing will be reported and exposed by victims and activist.

NO: What can be done to reform the legal system? 

DSS: To reform the legal system; first, those in power, or elected officials, must acknowledge the system is rigged against Black, brown, and poor people; second, we must organize and elect better district attorneys who control how people are prosecuted, including bad police officers and mayors who control the police force.

Third, we must become more involved in the process at every level including as jurors, lawyers, judges, and observers. Lastly, be it police officers or district attorneys, there must be swift, stiff, and public punishment for those who violate their charge and whose oath is to abide by and enforce the law equally and fairly regardless of race, class, or connections.

NO: Can people who have been wrongfully convicted as a result of juries and courtrooms like Holtzclaw’s case receive justice?

DSS: Yes, Oklahoma, like most states, has statutes that allow individuals to receive compensation. Additionally, individuals can bring civil rights lawsuits against the cities and police forces who violate their rights, and cause injuries and or unjust incarcerations.

For now, look for Black lawyers to challenge the proceedings of Holtzclaw’s trial as protests continue to grow louder. Sound off…







JUL 14, 2016

JUL 14, 2016



Huffington Post

Counts 811

Jail Cell Deaths

Since Sandra Bland

The site plans to continually update
the database as more
police custody deaths are uncovered.

A sign stands in front of Cybulski Rehabilitation Center on May 3, 2016 in Enfield, Connecticut.  Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

A sign stands in front of Cybulski Rehabilitation Center on May 3, 2016 in Enfield, Connecticut.
Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

It has been one year and one day since the world learned that Sandra Bland died in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell. In recognition of Bland’s death, The Huffington Post examined the available data on people who lost their lives while in jails and police lockup facilities in the 12 months since that fateful July day. The site counted 811 people.

The study culled some hard to come by numbers from state reports, county reports, municiple reports, news reports, press releases, primary records, public records requests and calls to individual jails and medical examiners. It excludes state and federal prisons. The Justice Department counts these deaths, but it doesn’t track Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Vermont or parts of Alaska and has not updated the report since 2013, when it noted that the numbers were increasing annually.

For 620 of the jail deaths, researchers were able to pinpoint how long the arrestees had been locked up when they died. Most died within a week, with 182 of them succumbing  during the first three days, and an additional 303 who died before seven days were up. The study also found that the inmates averaged 21 days in jail.

The researchers also dug up the reported causes of death:


Read the full report—including names, facilities and other info for the people whose deaths are still under investigation—here. And you can report any deaths they missed here.





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6-ingredient CREAMY PAPAPAYA DETOX Smoothie! Naturally sweetened, tart and DELICIOUS! #vegan #glutenfree #smoothie #detox #recipe

I’m kind of on a papaya kick, if you haven’t noticed.

Last week I shared my take on a Vegan Papaya Salad (seriously, so good). Last summer I shared my Tropical Papaya Boats (hello fruity dessert heaven). And this week, a papaya smoothie! For not being my #1 favorite fruit, I must admit, papaya is growing on me. I even tried a pomelo this week. Who am I?

Papaya Smoothie! #vegan #glutenfree #smoothie #recipe

This smoothie was inspired by a surplus of papaya after experimenting with my papaya salad. I had some leftover fruit and decided to freeze it, which lends itself perfectly to smoothies. Plus, papaya is incredibly nutritious and detoxifying with tons of vitamin C, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, and folate, among other health benefits.

As always, this recipe is simple, requiring just 6 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes to prepare.

Frozen papaya and banana make up the creamy, naturally sweet base, while ginger and lime add a balance of zing and acidity. Carrot juice gives it a beautiful orange color and even more nutrients, while coconut milk adds healthy fats and creamy coconut flavor. Major swoon.

CREAMY, refreshing Papaya Smoothie! Detox with just 6 ingredients #vegan #glutenfree #drink #recipe #detox #smoothie #papaya

I think you guys are going to LOVE this smoothie! It’s:

Slightly tart
& Delicious

If you give this recipe a try, be sure to let us know! Leave a comment it, rate it, and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

6-ingredient CREAMY PAPAPAYA DETOX Smoothie! Naturally sweetened, tart and DELICIOUS! #vegan #glutenfree #smoothie #detox



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Creamy papaya smoothie infused with lime, ginger, carrot and
coconut milk! Just 6 ingredients in this nutrient-rich,
naturally-sweetened smoothie – perfect for breakfast or
a snack.

Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 2
  • 1 1/2 cups (215 g) frozen ripe papaya cubes
  • 1 small ripe banana, previously peeled, sliced and frozen
  • 1-2 tsp minced ginger (to taste)
  • 2 limes, juiced (~1/4 cup or 60 ml)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) carrot juice
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) light coconut milk
  • optional: 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) agave nectar (or other sweetener of choice)
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, adding more carrot juice or coconut milk if it has trouble blending.
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more banana (or agave) for sweetness, lime for acidity, or ginger for zing.
  3. Enjoy immediately. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for 24 hours, or freeze into popsicles for longer term storage.
*Prep time does not include freezing papaya or banana.
Nutrition Information 

Serving size: 1 smoothie (of 2) Calories: 152 Fat: 3.6 g
Saturated fat: 3 gCarbohydrates: 32.9 g Sugar: 16.9 g
Sodium: 45 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 2.4 g









Call for Proposals:

Special Issue on Niyi Osundare
and Poetry in Nigeria

deadline: 31 August 2016

At the Crossroads of Art and Society:
Niyi Osundare and Poetry in Nigeria


The seventieth birthday of Nigerian poet and professor of comparative literature, Niyi Osundare, invites deeper reflection on the poet-scholar’s life and contributions to literary cultures in Nigeria and the world generally. Although a number of significant studies have emerged in the past few years to study Osundare’s poetry within a range of contextual, thematic and stylistic conventions, particularly focusing on the “accessibility” of his verses and his political commitments as a poet, there still remain significant gaps and scantiness in focused appreciation of Osundare’s poetic oeuvre. His contributions to the “language” of “Nigerian poetry,” to socio-political criticism of the postcolony as well as his consistent agitation for committed ethical disposition towards the environment cannot be overstated. This special issue hopes to address some of these gaps by bringing into discussion intersections of ideas of humanism, community, environment, economics and the cosmopolitan space in the poetry of Osundare.

We therefore invite proposals for papers that will give nuanced and focused discussion of Osundare’s poetry from a range of approaches that will speak to one or more of the following topics:

  • Niyi Osundare’s Humanism and Post-Humanism
  • Niyi Osundare’s Poetics
  • Localities and Cosmopolities in Osundare’s Poetry
  • Exile and Diasporic Consciousness in Osundare’s Poetry
  • Identity Constructions and Questions in Osundare’s Poetry
  • Pan-Africanism in Osundare’s Poetry
  • Nation, Non-Nation, and Anti-Nation in Osundare’s Poetry
  • Niyi Osundare’s Poetry in the Light of the “Generational” Debates
  • Eros and the Erotic in Osundare’s Poetry
  • Gender and Sexuality in Osundare’s Poetry
  • Intertextuality in Osundare’s Poetry
  • Language and the Postcolonial Question in Osundare’s Poetry
  • Nature in Osundare’s Poetry

Please send a proposal of not more than 350 words and a short biographical statement of not more than 100 words to: on or before Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Selected authors will be contacted by email with instructions and a deadline for submitting full papers. For further details, please contact Tosin Gbogi or Arthur Anyaduba via





2016 Travel Writing Contest
– Submissions are Open!

It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it.

Previous Winners and Placers:

“A Leaf on the Wind” by Joel Hindson (UK)
“Burning My Boots in Cabo Fisterra” by Gabriella Brand (US)
Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam” by Chris Galvin (Canada, Vietnam)
“Oh, Calcutta” by Paola Fornari (Tanzania, now Ghana)
“The Scarlet Mile” by Gillian Brown (UK (Scotland), now France)
“Bodrum, Turkey’s San Tropez” by Jack Scott (Australia, now Turkey)
“The Children of Chitwan, Nepal” by Hannah Thompson-Yates (UK, now Hong Kong)
“God’s Own Country” by Saahil Acharya (India)

The 2016 Judge — Paola Fornari


Travel writer Paola Fornari was born on Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. She has lived in a dozen countries over four continents, speaks five and a half languages, dabbles in several others, and describes herself as an expatriate sine patria. In every new posting, her curiosity leads her to explore every corner of her host country, and experience as much ‘real life’ as she can.   

Her travel and lifestyle articles have appeared extensively online, and in print magazines as diverse as Cycling WorldPractical Fishkeeping The Oldie andThe Buenos Aires Herald.

She has judged several writing competitions, and was co-judge in Expatclic’s prestigious Travel Reflectionscompetition in 2013. 

In 2013 she won the Senior Travel Expert travel writing competition, and was third in the Go Walkabout competition. 

Her relationship with I Must be Off goes back a long way. Apart from having several interviews published on the site, she was highly commended in the first I Must be Off travel essay contest in 2013, and won in 2014.

She recently moved from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Accra, Ghana. 

Submission Guidelines:

  • Maximum 1200 words
  • Edited to the best of your ability for spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Up to three photos may be submitted with your entry. Photos not necessary to win.
  • Previously unpublished work only! Blog posts are considered published (and I research all finalists).
  • No entry fee. Yes, that’s right. You have nothing to lose. 
  • Open to anyone worldwide, but you need (access to) a PayPal account
  • Entries must be in English 
  • One entry per person 
  • Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016
  • Send entries with a 50-word third-person bio to with the heading TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST. Entries will be read blind by this year’s judge and travel writer, Paola Fornari. It is not necessary to delete identifying information from your entry. If your name appears anywhere, it will be removed before it’s forwarded to the judge.
  • Word doc, docx and rtf files only. 
  • Finalists announced in August 2016. Winners announced and published in late summer 2016. 

The Prizes:  

  • The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.)
  • Second place prize: $50
  • First place prize: $200
  • Readers’ Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30.

Good luck and happy writing!








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How We Teach

Deadline: August 29, 2016

For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop.  

We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.  

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.

There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers. You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail
Postmark deadline Monday, August 29, 2016.
Please send manuscript and reading fee, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: How We Teach
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST August 29, 2016

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