BOOK: Thompson on Dance, Slavery and Performance

Katrina Dyonne Thompson, Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. via UI Press: "In this ambitious project, historian Katrina Thompson examines the conceptualization and staging of race through the performance, sometimes coerced, of black dance from the slave ship to the … Continue reading BOOK: Thompson on Dance, Slavery and Performance

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  Maya Angelou died at age 86. From NYT: Maya Angelou, whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — a lyrical, unsparing account of her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on … Continue reading Maya Angelou (1928-2014)