The following projects can be viewed online. Please contact me with questions:
The Panther and the Lash: Black Literary Movement Publications and the Black Aesthetic
This project uses data to look at the trends in little magazine publishing and the inclusion of Black writers in literary anthologies, both traditional and subversive; the project was originally conceived in order to investigate the possible historical reasons for the emergence of the Black Arts Movement (BAM), and the impact that the BAM may have had on trends towards multiculturalism that arose after the 1960s. Accordingly, this digital poster tracks and charts the number of major and minor Black American little magazines during three Black literary eras: the Harlem Renaissance, the BAM and the period inbetween. The poster also looks at trends of inclusion of Black writers in American anthologies, and investigates the relationship between the Black little magazine and the presence of Black authors in the American literary canon.
This is a short film produced from an evening at Eatonville Restaurant on April 28th, 2013. The event was part of Eatonville's Food and Folklore series -- a series of live events at the restaurant that celebrated African American culture in all its diversity and richness. On this particular evening, I am reading from my first novel, Harlem Mosaics, a historical novel about the Harlem Renaissance, and having a discussion about the friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes with the audience members, the host Pamela Pinnock, and the moderator and owner of Eatonville Restaurant, Andy Shallal. The film (a youtube link) takes the form of a hybrid documentary/ education video/ live recording.