Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire

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Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire

* Edited and published by the Africana Studies Program and the Institute of African American Studies at New York University

* Dr. Manthia Diawara, founder and editor in chief

"I'm a child of African independence," says Dr. Manthia Diawara, the Mali-born filmmaker and critic who's also a professor of film and Africana studies at New York University. "When I was growing up, we had big utopias: pan-Africanism, African liberation. Our heroes were people like Kwame Nkrumah, Frantz Fanon, Patrice Lumumba."

So it's not surprising that when Diawara was talking with his friends Walter Mosley and Clyde Taylor about the need for a new Black journal, he wanted to call to mind two legendary moments from the African Diaspora: New York's Harlem Renaissance and the Negritude movement that swept Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Hence the name Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, now in its seventh year of publication.

Diawara admits to practicing a "strategic essentialism" in his editorial policy. …

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