This is the question I ask myself on an almost hourly basis now. As everyone gears up for the 2019-20 academic year, I suspect this is a question many of my colleagues across the nation are also asking themselves. As the nation convulses from another wave of mass shootings—at least one of which is confirmed […]Read more "What, exactly, is the role of a historian in 2019?"
First off, it has been far too long since I last posted here. I’ve certainly had enough to write about over the last six months—Lord knows we all have. But due to other writing commitments, teaching, and an unhealthy dose of self-doubt, anxiety, and depression, I’ve not been able to do so. But I’m back—for […]Read more "Herculean Effort and the Black Experience"
Being Black in America is hazardous for one’s health. It is as simple as that. This is no mere lashing out at the death of a young woman, mother, and activist either. This is just stating fact.Read more "Thoughts on Erica Garner"
First off, I apologize for my long tardiness in writing on the blog. The last few months have been a bit hectic with a variety of writing and research projects, but I’ll be doing regular updates on this blog for the foreseeable future. Recent events have inspired me to write the following post. Being a […]Read more "Loving the South in 2017"
I was reminded this afternoon that today is an important milestone in African American history—and my own life. On August 30, 1983, Guion S. Bluford became the first African American to go into space. An aerospace engineer who also flew combat missions over Vietnam, Bluford’s trip into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger was a […]Read more "Modern Heroes of the Colored Race"
The announcement of an alternate history show by Amazon Prime, titled Black America¸ answered the lamentations and prayers of many individuals who were angered by HBO’s idea for a show set in a present-day world where the Confederacy won the American Civil War. Like media manna down from social justice heaven, the announcement of Black […]Read more "Alternate Histories, Alternate Americas"
Let me preface this by saying that I am a huge fan of alternate histories. I think it’s natural for anyone who grows up loving history to ask the question, now and then, “what if?” So when I heard there was a television show in development at HBO about an alternate timeline where the Confederate […]Read more "CONFEDERATE and the Weird, Perplexing, Promising Genre of Alternate History"
When I first planned this post, I was hellbent on proving, once and for all, that Benjamin Lafayette Sisko is the greatest of all the captains seen on screen in the Star Trek universe. Out of all the captains, I cannot think of one who was given so little to work with from Starfleet and […]Read more "On Sisko As The Best Captain; Or, What We’re Arguing About When We Argue About Star Trek Captains"
Listening to one of my favorite podcasts, “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” I was disappointed in Simmons and his guest (and ATL native) Rembert Browne’s inability to come up with a coherent list of greatest sports moments in Atlanta sports history. Perhaps this is to be expected. Simmons himself is a sports nut when it comes […]Read more "ATL Sports and the Memory Hole"
Being a sports fan from the state of Georgia means, inevitably, experiencing the kind of searing sports-induced pain supposedly reserved for only the most embittered of fans. The collective histories of the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, and the college teams in the state are tales of underachievement, disastrous nationally televised losses, and the media chorus of […]Read more "ON TO THE SUPERBOWL"