Journal of Pan African Studies

A transdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to an Africological synthesis of African world community studies and research that works to ask questions and seek answers to critical contemporary and historical issues, based on an affirmative African centered logic and language of liberation.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 6, April

A Subaltern Black Woman Sings the Blues: A Blues Aesthetic Analysis Sherley Anne Williams' Poetry
The Green-Eyed Monsters of the Valley Dusk sunset knocks the edge from the day's heat, filling the Valley with shadows: Time for coming in getting on; lapping fields lapping orchards like greyhounds racing darkness to the mountain rims, land's last...
A Tale of Two Conferences
This special edition of Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies sheds light on why the Black Arts Movement (BAM) is important to African American and American history by focusing on the research, art, and scholarship of two BAM Conferences....
Belle New Orleans: The History of Creole Cuisineres
Introduction The 19th and early 20th century launched a series of World's Fairs to exhibit Western power and dominance in the world. At the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, America celebrated its independence, industrialization and consumerism....
Black Death: The Long Riotous 60's, Henry Dumas, and Resurrection
Her thesis is entitled "the first panthers: the black panther parties in new york city 1966-1971" and addresses the work and repression of the two black panther parties in new york during that era. "sooner or late, eventually everybody gets destroyed,...
Black Feminism, the Ancestors Speak, and the Women of the Black Arts Movement
A priestess dressed in white grabbed and held me in New Orleans' Congo Square. The Black Arts Movement Conference at Dillard University had ended. It was the evening of September 11, 2016, and as the organizer of that conference, I still had bills...
Black Social Movements Past and Present: A Comparative Analysis of the Black Arts Movement and the Hip Hop Movement
Introduction During the 20th century in the United States of America (USA), Black people developed a host of social movements to address social problems they faced. In the first 25 years of the century, Black people developed the Pan-African Movement,...
Dawn-Song and the "Evolution of the Black Aesthetic" an Outline of A Few, Key Concepts/Archetypes/Metaphors
"Taking Larry Neal's resurrection of the Orisha in blues to its ultimate development, Toure' replaces Neal's use of numerous references to Black Folk culture with allusions to Egyptian history and mythology. Consequently, Toure' expands and extends...
Dedication of Light to Amiri Baraka
You dream of meeting certain people. Amiri Baraka was on my bucket list. When I decided to create a Black Arts Movement Conference at UC Merced, the truth was it was an opportunity to meet my Heroes and Sheroes. Marvin X, the west coast co-founder...
Dillard University-Harvard's Hutchins Center Black Arts Movement Conference, September 9-11, 2016
Left to right: Marlena McMillon (conference volunteer), Bernadette Gildspinel (La Belle Galerie owner-Commissioned Painting), Kim McMillon (conference organizer), Dwayne D. Conrad (painter, conference poster), Vincent McMillon (conference volunteer)....
Kwansaba: Poets Sonia Sanchez & Jessica Care Moore Fly to Planet Ferguson 2015
Led by DuBois, surgeon of divided "I," Dunbar-the-suturer, River Jordan's June & soular orbs Amiri/Maya, triage poets Sonia & Jessica invade race-scaped hospice. Here, they Kushion orature with Yaa Asantewaa's anti-doses of nommo-soulo serums....
La Indigena: Risky Identity Politics and Decolonial Agency as Indigenous Consciousness
I am Coatlicue Yo soy Tonantzin I possess the strength of Dos Amades I teach Nahua ollin, I am Maria Josefia Zozaya Y como el arbol, nunca nos falta Do you know me? As a student of color in graduate school, I had an epiphany. Something...
Learning from Undergraduates
Occasionally, teaching undergraduates involves moments which provoke you to curse. On the other hand, learning from undergraduates can be a blessing which demands your gratitude. The young women and men who sat in my classrooms from 1970 to 2012 were...
Modern Painting, the Black Woman, and Beauty Ideologies: Carrie Mae Weems' Photographic Series Not Manet's Type
Modern Beauty "Carrie Mae Weems pursues the arts as a cultural worker. As an artist committed to radical social change, she has created artwork that incisively examines, among other subjects, issues of race and racism, class and classism, gender...
Photos from Black Arts Movement Events Held by Marvin X, the Co-Founder of the West Coast Branch of the Black Arts Movement
Women and the Black Arts Movement at BAM Conference at Laney College in Oakland, California: Elaine Brown, moderator. Panelists: Halifu Osumare, Judy Juanita, Portia Anderson, Phavia Kujichagulia, Aries Jordan (Ken Johnson photo credit). Fundraising...
Quincy Troupe and Michael Simanga
At the left: poet, teacher, journalist Quincy Troupe is an alumnus of the Watts Writers Workshop and, along with his friends Ishmael Reed, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni and others, associated with the Black Arts Movement. He was named California's first...
Speech from Loss Collaborations
This presentation is based off of works by Harge Dance Stories and The Brown Dance Project members of University of Michigan Black Alumni Network, performing "Loss Collaborations: Danced Narratives of Black (or African American) Lives." Telephone &...
Sweeping Conversations: Julie Dash's Daughters
Witnessing is hard when bias blinds. Why is it important for Dash to tell this story, and why 25 years later is the film still a classic? Not only do audiences have to struggle philosophically with the linguistic resonances of this American people--without...
That's Where Sarah Vaughn Lives": Amiri Baraka, Newark, and the Landscape and Soundscape of Black Modernity
We are being told of the greatness of Western Civilization Yet Europe is not the West Leave England headed West you arrive in Newark, --Amiri Baraka, "I Am" (1) Amiri Baraka was the poet-laureate of New Jersey, but his deepest connection to the...
The Aesthetics of Blackness: Theology, Aesthetics & Blackness in the Black Arts Movement Western Aesthetics and Blackness
Although the terms "Aesthetics," "Art," and "Religion" are Western social constructs that most often reflect the tastes and interests of the dominant socio-cultural group, the phenomena these terms seek to describe are trans-historical and trans-cultural....
The Black Arts Movement and the Black Aesthetic: Where Do We Go from Here?
Having earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Georgia in 1979, Joyce A. Joyce has given one of two keynote presentations at the American Embassy in Paris at the "International Centennial Celebration of Richard Wright's Birthday" and a keynote...
The Black Arts Movement Poetry Broadsides: As Presented by Students at Columbia College Chicago
Project Description Each semester, students in my Black Arts Movement courses create poetry broadsides featuring the work of Nikki Giovanni. In Spring 2012, teams collaboratively created broadsides that were printed large-scale, focused specifically...
University of California, Merced
Black Arts Movement Theatre Night Saturday, March 1, 2014 Photos of poets, audience members and playwrights celebrating UC Merced's 50 Years On Black Arts Movement Theatre Night were taken by acclaimed poet Eugene Redmond. Excerpts from plays...
Whatever Happened to Carolyn M. Rodgers?
BAM themes of revolution, rebellion, and resistance, which had flooded her early work, were replaced by reconciliation and religious ecstasy. Living alternately in Oakland and Chicago, Rodgers faced down middle age. Her health suffered. She battled...
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