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  • Committed Cinema – Thomas Allen Harris @ BAM/PFA

    February 10, 2015

    Committed Cinema Thomas Allen Harris Much of Thomas Allen Harris’s film work has involved looking into his personal history, which was shaped by the absence of his father, childhood years spent in Tanzania, his gay identity, and a grandfather interested in photography. While the emotional resonance of his films may reside in his family stories, Harris opens up the possibility of political action and social change by placing them within larger community contexts. His films boldly move from pain to celebration, from the personal to the epic. Harris’s most recent film, Through a Lens Darkly, constructs a counter history of…

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  • New Book from Robeson Taj Frazier

    January 28, 2015

    Alumni Robeson Taj Frazier, PhD has just published his first book, entitlted: The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination. He is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Congratulations Taj! Description: During the Cold War, several prominent African American radical activist-intellectuals—including W.E.B. and Shirley Graham Du Bois, journalist William Worthy, Marxist feminist Vicki Garvin, and freedom fighters Mabel and Robert Williams—traveled and lived in China. There, they used a variety of media to express their solidarity with Chinese communism and to redefine the relationship between Asian…

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  • Special Recognition for Alumni Marlon M. Bailey, PhD

    January 23, 2015

    UC Berkeley African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies Alumni Marlon M. Bailey, PhD has recently recieved a very special recognition. Professor Bailey's book, BUTCH QUEENS UP IN PUMPS: GENDER, PERFORMANCE, AND BALLROOM CULTURE IN DETROIT was awarded the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize from the GL/Q Caucus at the Modern Language Association (MLA). Congratulations Marlon!  

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  • Graduate Conference in Dutch Studies

    December 2, 2014

    Identities in the Making: Dutch Colonialisms and Postcolonial Presents http://dutch.berkeley.edu/2014/11/december-3-4-graduate-conference-in-dutch-studies-identities-in-the-making-dutch-colonialisms-and-postcolonial-presents/

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  • #HowMediaWritesBlackWomen: Reality TV vs. the Writer as Innovator

    November 16, 2014

    Aya de Leon says the persistent reality television trend limits representation and opportunities for Black women...   

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  • Remaking the UNIVERSITY

    October 9, 2014


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  • Bryant Terry AfroVegan

    April 21, 2014

    Soul Food, Politics, and Public Health A talk, demo and book signing with master chefs Bryant Terry and Njathi Wa Kabui. Bryant Terry is renowned for his activism for a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Alice Waters says, ‘Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.’ Chef Kabui is a food activist and anthropologist based in Durham, N.C. Born into a family of Kenyan coffee farmers, Kabui is dedicated to eradicating ‘food deserts.’

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  • The Iconic Ghetto: A Reference Point for the New American Color Line

    February 22, 2014

    Professor Elijah Anderson William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University   The black ghetto has become a major icon in American society and culture, and as such, it has also become an important source of stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination. From the days of slavery through the Civil Rights period, black people have occupied a caste-like status in American society. Today, despite the progressive changes wrought by the racial incorporation process of the 1960s and 1970s, the color line persists—albeit in a new, emergent form—in everyday life. Many blacks now reside in exclusive neighborhoods formerly off-limits to them, and…

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  • Mandela’s work is our own

    December 19, 2013

    Mandela’s work is our own by john powell  

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  • Bodies of Difference and Desire

    December 5, 2013

    Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series presents...Bodies of Difference and Desire Meditations on Mammy: Asexuality and BlacknessIanna Hawkins Owen, African Diaspora StudiesThe Asexual Visibility and Education Network functions simultaneously as a message board based community and as an advocacy organization advancing the claim that asexuals are “just like everybody else.” In this context, black asexuals on AVEN have created threads/posts seeking out other black asexual users. Non-POC responses in these threads have employed various color-blind strategies that reveal the trouble the black asexual poses to the campaign of fusing “asexual” with “everybody else.” After nearly ten years of…

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