Special treat for African American History Month
Netflix will stream 22 hard to find films from Black Cinema’s Earliest Pioneers. In 2015, Kino Lorber released a treasure trove from American history in a DVD box set, Pioneers of African-American Cinema. Hours upon hours of feature-length and short films spanning the 1910s to the 1940s were featured, from Oscar Micheaux’s famously searing indictment of white America’s love affair with preserving whiteness and lynching, Within Our Gates, to writer Zora Neale Hurston’s short documentary Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940. – Aisha Harris
LEADers on African American History
1. William “Sandy” Darity, Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies. Specialties: Wealth Inequality, Economic Stratification, Student Achievement, Racial Identity, Educational Inequality, and Social Equity. Twitter:@SandyDarity
2. Ibram X. Kendi, Assistant Professor of African American History at the University of Florida, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Twitter: @Drlbram FYI: He is working on three book projects. He is finishing Black Apple: A History of Black Power and Malcolm X, 1954-1974, which is under contact with NYU Press. He is also working on two follow up trade books to Stamped: (1) How to be An Antiracist and (2) Bones of Inequality: A Narrative History of Racist Policies in America.
3. Vesla M. Weaver, Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Yale University, Director of the ISPS Center for the Study of Inequality. Specialties: study of racial inequality, state policies, and community corrections. Twitter: @VeslaWeaver
4. Christopher Lebron, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Philosophy, author of The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice In Our Time, and The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea (June 2017).
5. Maya Sen, Assistant Professor and Political Scientist at Harvard University. Specialties: statistical methods, law, political economy, race and ethnic politics. Twitter: @maya_sen
6. Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Refin. Specialities: economics, finance. Richardson has a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, M.A. from UPenn, and a B.A. from Indiana University. Twitter: @NelaRichardson
7. LouisHyman, Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University. Specialties: Labor relations, Law, History, and American Capitalism. Author of Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink, and Borrow: The American Way of Debt. He teaches the MOOC American Capitalism: A History through EdX. Twitter: @louishyman
8. Leslie Alexander, Associate Professor in African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. Specialties: early African American and African Diaspora history, political consciousness, resistance movements, African American foreign policy, and nationalism. Books: https://www.amazon.com/Leslie-M.-Alexander/e/B001JS7I70
9. Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, Director of the PhD program inn Public and Urban Policy at The New School in New York. Specialties: Urban Policy, Social Policy in print and media outlets, Stratification Economics. He has written numerous book chapters, opinion-editorials, and other publications since 2007. Twitter: @DarrickHamilton
10. Anthony Ryan Hatch, Assistant Professor of Science in Society, African American Studies, and Sociology at Wesleyan University. Specialties: African American studies, critical social theory, food justice, disability studies, and health studies.
11. Nyasha Junior, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Temple University. Specialties: race, gender, and religion. Twitter: https://twitter.com/NyashaJunior
Blog Link: http://www.nyashajunior.com/noextracredit/
12. Vanessa Holden, African Americanist/Assistant Professor at Michigan State University’s Department of History. She focuses on the experiences of women during slavery in the American South. She is particularly interested in the ways that race, class, gender, and sexuality shaped American history. Dr. Holden is also interested in the comparative study of resistance and rebellion throughout the African diaspora. FYI: Dr. Holden is working on a book length manuscript that focuses on the role of African American women and the role of community in the Southampton Rebellion (Nat Turner’s Rebellion). She is also working on article length pieces that engage the importance of including free people of color and African American children in the study of slave resistance. Twitter: @drvholden