I spent a ridiculous amount of time finding and reviewing posts for this link luv edition. Even though we have been celebrating Herstory, I have included some posts about men as well, b/c ultimately it is our story. The post is set to publish around midday in case after 6 hours of work I sleep through the rest of Sunday; but, I do want you to know that it feels like this list is unfinished to me. If you have a post you think should be here please say so in the comments and maybe I’ll even do a part deux. Until then, enjoy the reading and the chance to see black history/American history as it should be: through multiple viewpoints and voices.
Why Black History:
- Rev Irene Monroe @ Basic Black “Do We Still Need Black History Month” – Rev Monroe offers an even handed and insightful post about why we still need black history month that incorporates key historical moments and concerns about inclusivity in black history from within black communities. Ultimately, her post reminds us that as long as our history is erased or locked away we cannot move forward into an anti-racist tomorrow.
- Lola Adesioye @ The Root “London Slashes Black History Month” – Taking a global approach to Black History Month, Adesioye draws parallels between the increasing apathy toward black history month in the U.S. and the defunding of it in Britain. Her discussion of the impact of the decision on the social and intellectual understanding of the place of Black British people in England’s history serve as a stark warning to those of you snubbing your nose at a nationally sanctioned month for Black History.
- Tami @ What Tami Said “From the Vault: Celebrate Black History Month by Researching Your Own Black History” and “It’s in The Blood or My Story Began Before I Did” – both posts personalize the pursuit of black history in a way that ultimately reminds us that part of the reason knowing and speaking our history is so important is because of the critical process of erasure in colonialism that robbed us of the basic knowledge of where we came from and who our people are; this personal loss is mirrored by the collective loss of black Americans’ contributions to N. American history a loss that gains ground when we participate in the silence rather than actively uncovering and discussing our histories.
- Rachel Cruz “Black History Month” – a poem for Phillis Wheatley
- Adriene Marie Brown @ The Luscious SatyaCraha “feeling el-hajj“
Art & Pop Culture
- Kameelah @ Kameelah Writes “Mantle” – simply beautiful
- le chick batik “Jet Ride” and “Not Far From Francie” – both give us a glimpse at history through historical images of popular media and toys w/ the former showing an array of Jet Magazine covers discussing everything from Passing to Lesbian identity that highlight anxieties about race, sexuality, and gender in the upper class black community and the latter mixing images and discussion of black Barbie with a subtle comment on the difference between French vogue and its N. American counterpart.
- Sokari @ Black Looks “Proudly African and Transgender” – the post features portraits by Gabrielle La Reux from the Amnesty International IGLHCR exhibit and they are simply breathtakingly beautiful
Books & Author Interviews
- Carleen Brice White Readers Meet Black Authors Blog “Meet Dolenz-Perkins Valdez author of Wench” – an interview with the author about her controversial historically based novel which hopes to grapple with the complex emotions of enslaved mistresses to white slave owners & the documented vacations they took in free states. (made me want to read the book after having passed it over more than once in the bookstore)
- Breeze Harper @ Vegans of Color “Sistah Vegan Book” – Harper describes the process of doing research on black female vegans from a holistic feminist healing perspective.
- Jasmyne Cannick “World Premiere of Blood Done Sign My Name” – Cannick reminds of us an important book and historical event of discrimination that moved from one family protesting the murder of a loved one to a civil rights revolution while reviewing the film that tells us the story of Henry Marrow’s murder.
- Mandy Van Deven @ Feminist Review “The Blind Side” – Van Deven reminds us what is wrong with centering white voices and perspectives in black history just in time for the Oscars.
- Stefanie Zacharek @ Salon.com “Gabourey Sidibe: Playing the Victim” – this review catches the subtle and essentially plot shifting performance of Sidibe in a film that I still maintain trots out every black stereotype available and has some intensely, though apparently too subtle for some, fatphobic moments (think sizzling ham and rape)
- Pamela Merrit @ RH Reality Check “Women of Color and the Anti-Choice Movement” – Merrit discusses the fallacy of the “black genocide” argument used by pro-life groups and its links to the recent Billboard in Georgia claiming abortions kill black kids.
- Alexis Pauline Gumbs @ Kitchen Table “Happy Black Herstory Month” Gumbs graciously gives us a brief history of the Salsa Soul Sisters and a glimpse into the amazing goings-on in Raleigh before giving us a rare digitized copy of a documentary about the movement. If you listen, give her money if you can and support even more black feminist consciousness raising and herstory learning.
- LeeRoy Moore Poor Magazine (2001) “Stories of Black Disabled People” – sadly this was one of the only posts I read addressing differently-abled black people for black history month and it is 9 years old. Nevertheless, Moore gives an extensive list of differently abled-black women and men and their accomplishments while also questioning either their absence or the absence of reference to their abilities from history.
- Monica Roberts @ Transgriot “Black Transpeople Are Making Black History Too” – Roberts reminds us that transgender people are not only part of black history but have been critical players in our push for Civil Rights. If you don’t know the people on her list, take it as a launch point to learn about the people most often forgotten in the celebration of black, queer, and transgender history.
- Negra Cubana @ Negra Cubana teni`a que ser “Mujeres, raza e identidad caribeña. Conversación con Inés María Martiatu” – Negra Cubana spotlights Inés María Martiatu and her feminist literary work on Afr@-Cuban culture and women (post is in Spanish)
- Latinegras tumblr – uh yeah, I can highlight the tumblr even though I participated in the Latinegras Project this black herstory month, mostly because I am a sad sack whose real work life and volunteer commitments always speed up time in February and I should never have agreed to help b/c I didn’t. So this is all Bianca’s baby – the idea for the Latinegras Project, most of the publicity, and maintaining the tumblr which is open to everyone to contribute.
- Sylvia Rhue @ National Black Justice Coalition “Snatching Our Humanity Out of the Fire of Human Cruelty” – while the images for this article are overwhelmingly of black men and all cis, Rhue outlines the history of the black LGBT movement post-Stonewall with an eye to the contributions of our entire queer alphabet. What I like most about this post is its inclusion of voices/memories from “the birth” of the movement and the links to some critical online archives.
- various authors @ After Ellen’s “Black History Month Spotlights” – the 3 part series focuses on black lesbians who help increase the visibility of lesbians in the media. It’s a little on the fluffy side but I do so love that pic of one of the director’s I highlighted last year during black herstory month, Angela Robinson and Katie Moennig …
- Penny Richards @ Disability Studies Blog “13 February: Beating of Isaac Woodard” – truthfully, despite a degree in history, I didn’t know this story of violence against a black veteran and how it helped contribute to the desegregation of the military, nor how the disabled veterans association was so moved by racism that they bent the rules to include Woodard and that my friends is why we have black history month b/c black history is not part of the rest of the year or even a PhD in any other history than Af-Am.
- Johnathan Liu @ Wired “How to Raise Racist Kids” – Liu discusses research for the upcoming book called Nurtureshock that says children learn racism in one easy step and also offers links to starters on how to talk to your children about racism.
- Julian Ing @ Race Wire “Black and Latinos Were Targeted with Subprime Mortgages, Shut Out of Recovery” – this post gives some key stats and also links to ARC’s “Race and the Recession” Report and The Color Lines article on Subprime Mortgages’ impact on women of color, both must reads to understand how lending and the bail out are raced and gendered.
- Tim Wise @ Racism Review “Majoring in Minstrelsy” – an intelligent and thorough discussion of the rise in racist incidents on college campuses and why we, academics, may be partially to blame.
- Joel Dreyfuss @ The Root “Black History Today: Profile of Historian Crystal Feimster” – ok, I admit it, this is just a shameless plug for all black women reading this blog to go into history (if you are not in school, go back and major in history) b/c we need you, we have amazing black women to mentor you, and Feimster’s generation is bringing in whole new layers to the pursuit of history (especially with regards to black women’s history) and you should too.