Director Raoul Peck:
James Baldwin Was
‘Speaking Directly To Me’
‘Any leader tweeting policy is ridiculous’
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Junot Díaz joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss Edwidge Danticat’s “Seven,” from a 2001 issue of the magazine.
Founding Editor-in-chief: Nwando Achebe
Associate Editors: Hilary Jones and John Thabiti Willis
Book Review Editor: Harry Odamtten
The Journal of West African History (JWAH) is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed research journal that publishes the highest quality articles on West African history. Located at the cutting edge of new scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political history of West Africa, JWAH fills a representational gap by providing a forum for serious scholarship and debate on women and gender, sexuality, slavery, oral history, popular and public culture, and religion. The editorial board encourages authors to explore a wide range of topical, theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives in new and exciting ways. The journal is committed to rigorous thinking and analysis; is international in scope; and offers a critical intervention about knowledge production. Scholarly reviews of current books in the field appear in every issue. And the publication is in both English and French; an abstract in both languages will be provided. Michigan State University Press publishes JWAH.
The editorial board invites scholars to submit original article-length manuscripts (not exceeding 10,000 words including endnotes, 35 pages in length) accompanied by an abstract that summarizes the argument and significance of the work (not exceeding 150 words). Please see submission guidelines for detailed expectations. Review essays (not exceeding 1,000 words) should engage the interpretation, meaning, or importance of an author’s argument for a wider scholarly audience. See what we have available for review on our Books for Review page. Please contact our book review editor at email@example.com for more information.
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American Addiction Centers (AAC) is proud to announce their 2017 AAC Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program to the U.S undergraduates or college graduates. AAC established these scholarship awards to provide financial assistance to college and graduatestudents pursuing careers in behavioral health and addiction-related studies. They believe in helping students complete their education because they are the frontline workers who help others. The first place winner will receive $5000 and second and third place winner will get $2500.
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Our 2017 Creative Non-Fiction Contest is now open! Submit your non-fiction work to us before March 8, 2017.
Judge: Carmen Aguirre
FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication in Room
SECOND PRIZE: $250 + publication in Room
HONOURABLE MENTION: $50 publication on Room‘s website
Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter won CBC Canada Reads 2012 and is a #1 national bestseller. Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution, a Globe and Mailbestseller, was published in April 2016.
Read our interview with Carmen.
Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Room, beginning with issue 40.1 (March 2017).
glistening in the heated night glow
yr arced torso radiates
the sculpted bronze intensity
of an earth toned ewe passion mask
yr hypnotic breasts
are brown mesmerizing eyes, yr nipples
dilated pupils aroused into
yr navel a heavy
with every sharp breath
that dark forest, yr sideways mouth
silently chants the sacred syllables
of my secret name
as i plunge into the discovery
of its musky depths
unable to stand
i joyously recline
jumping in the happy immolation
of yr explosive flame
—kalamu ya salaam
Kalamu ya Salaam – vocals
Roland HH Biswurm – drums
Recorded: May 31, 1998 – Munich, Germany
Black History Month is always vital, but this year it’s especially important. There’s a disturbing United States trend on the rise in the United States, in which past and present oppression is being denied and occluded. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the White House garnered great controversy when it failed to recognize the suffering of Jews in its official statement commemorating the event. And many felt so dismayed by President Trump’s February 1 Black History Month speech that various hashtags mocking the inadequacy of his “tribute” to African Americans have been making the rounds of social media.
While we can’t fix the oversights of our new administration, we can take pains to better educate ourselves. To that end, here are seven vital books specifically addressing the persecution of black people in America. Every book by the authors below should be required reading, and there exist many more reading essentials, but this constitutes a healthy start. We must study our history, warts and all, if we’re to have any chance of not repeating it.
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass went on to become one of the most brilliant and influential authors, abolitionists, and general champions of human rights in American history. While his first and most acclaimed book, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, describes his brutal life as a slave, this volume of social and political thought discusses his transition to liberty – his attempts to escape and his astute and still-powerfully relevant meditations on freedom, racism, literacy, and faith in our country.
Du Bois’s sociological work follows the trajectory of African Americans following Emancipation and breaks down the psychology of bigotry through precise scientific explanation and groundbreaking insights. This is ground zero for any discussion of the struggle for equality and the moral and intellectual issues surrounding it.
In The Fire Next Time, arguably his most iconic book of essays, James Baldwin lays out how racism lives at the core of this country. As always, his own words say it best: “The American Negro has the great advantage of having never believed the collection of myths to which white Americans cling [such as] that their ancestors were all freedom-loving heroes … It can almost be said, in fact, that Negros know far more about white Americans than what parents … know about their children, and that they very often regard white Americans that way.” I Am Not Your Negro, assembled by Raoul Peck from Baldwin’s essays, notes, letters, and interviews, digs deep into the same topics. (See Peck’s eponymous documentary as well.)
Focusing not only on mid-century cervical cancer patient Henrietta Lacks but on her amazingly enduring cells, this nonfiction book nails the legal, ethical, and spiritual issues surrounding the medical establishment’s historical abuse of African American bodies and minds.
Taking her title from Sojourner Truth’s famous cry, public scholar bell hooks traces the realities of African American women from the 1800s through the Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements. With her characteristic combination of compassion and tough love, she establishes the “double invisibility” of being black and female throughout U.S. history and the shameful persistence of ugly stereotypes borne out of slavery.
Legal scholar Michelle Alexander delivers the truth: The racial caste system relegating people of color to permanent second-class citizens in America has never gone away. It’s just been refunneled through the U.S. criminal justice system via a mass incarceration of black men, especially through the alleged War on Drugs and racial profiling. This isn’t just a book about social justice. It is a call to action.
Written as a letter to his fifteen-year-old son, this bestseller may look slim but it packs the punch needed for this new millennium, in which some Americans claim we’re “post-race” but black people are still figuratively and literally endangered. Tracing the footsteps of his predecessors, Coates spells out the realities of police brutality, mass incarceration, and a generally hostile environment for black youths in what is allegedly the home of the free.