Now Available: 53.1

Cover art by Lavar Munroe

From the introduction of 53.1:

“The clock is ticking at The Black Scholar. Changes that will affect the editorial team, vision, and ownership are emerging and surging. There is still some time but within two years the journal is likely to change hands. Hopefully—indeed we insist—we will maintain the remarkable community that has built up around the journal in its current incarnation, and the quality of scholarship and thought it has featured since its founding in 1969. This community of course expanded and redefined those earlier communities who stuck with TBS throughout multiple incarnations and no shortage of ups and downs. Internal ups and downs in terms of personalities, agendas, and the struggles needed for solidarity and shared vision to work. External ups and downs in our attempts to capture and comment on the wider worlds of culture, politics, and changing modes of scholarly interrogation and interpretation.”

Issue includes the following:

  • The Forgotten Voices of Democracy: Black Political Activism under Brazil’s Military Rule, by João Batista Nascimento Gregoire
  • #MakeNigeriaGreatAgain: Donald Trump in Nollywood’s Social Media, by James Yékú
  • Black Ecology in COVID Times, by Bénédicte Boisseron
  • Having Become Free by the Law of 1780: Black Liberation and the Pennsylvania Abolition Society Archives, by Michael Lawrence Dickinson
  • Book Reviews: Love and Space in Contemporary African Diasporic Women’s Writing: Making Love, Making Worlds
    by Jennifer Leetsch / Spandita Das; Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad
    by J. Brent Crosson / Ahmad Greene-Hayes

For a limited time, download and read the introduction and “Black Ecology in COVID Times” for free.

Personal subscriptions are $44 USD and include 4 issues. You can subscribe to our 53rd volume here. A limited quantity of print back issues are available in our store.

In our 2023 volume, keep an eye out for Africology and Afrofuturism, and a double issue for Unsafe Words: Black Radical Pleasure II. For our 2024 volume, look for Amiri Baraka’s Blues People at 60, Black Women’s Contemporary Speculative Fiction, Ceddo: Black British Independent Film, and more….

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