Malcolm X 2016
It is time something was said about this class this spring, and how truly difficult and yet rewarding it has been to veer off into this topic, which has in many ways taken me far from the assumptions with which I began my Blues People curriculum, in tribute to the work of Amiri Baraka in Blues People, and all the arguments, pro and con, that have emanated from his thesis.
I am a writer and a professor of English at the City College of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. My books include Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1979), Invisibility Blues (1990), Black Popular Culture (1992), and Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2005). I write cultural criticism frequently and am currently working on a project on creativity and feminism among the women in my family, some of which is posted on the Soul Pictures blog.