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Voice of Black Studies Blog
Wednesday, January 27 2016
Trashing the World with Trump: Mirroring the Monster Side of America

Surely, it is not sacrilegious to assert or even unpatriotic to affirm what history and current practice already prove: that "America the Beautiful" has an ugly side, indeed a monster side, in spite of its songs, tweets, Facebook "likes" and general propaganda of self-praise. Such a Janus-faced, two faced, character was present at the beginning of America’s creation, but its "beautiful" side was put forth as the whole of what it was. The image was cultivated with racial and religious arrogance, untruth and exaggeration, recruiting religious language and leaders to support its claims to other peoples’ lands, lives and resources through conquest, colonization, enslavement and occupation. And in the midst of all this destruction, there was/is a studied denial of the devastation being imposed on the targeted people in these systems of suppression and slaughter, whether at home or abroad.  Read Full Text

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Tuesday, January 26 2016

The passing of Dr. Frances Cress Welsing (1935-2016) calls on us to pause and pay rightful homage to her—this accomplished and committed psychiatrist, activist-intellectual, au-thor, way-opener and African woman of great weight and worth in the world. She audaciously and defiantly inserted herself in the annals of psychiatry and behavioral science and in the re-sistance discourse of Black people with her con-troversial and influential "The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Su-premacy)". And she would, amidst continued consternation from some and increasing admira-tion from others, dare to extend and deepen dis-cussion of this provocative theory in her major work The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors. She chose Isis as the divine, moral and social image and ideal for the title of her major work. We praise her, then, as Isis Ascendant, herself, moulder and maker of men, women and chil-dren, restorer, protector and preserver of the people; she who "admires truth and justice and made justice stronger than gold and silver", as she states in her preface.

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Friday, January 08 2016
Revolution, Repression and Resistance in Haiti: Lessons of History, Life and Struggle by Dr. Maulana Karenga

ON THIS 212TH ANNIVERSARY of the triumph of the Haitian Revolution and the Declara-tion of Independence January 1, 1804, it is good to pause and reflect on its awesome meaning and measure, for it is, like African history as a whole, a sacred narrative, replete with lessons of history, life and struggle unsurpassed and second to none, if read and remembered rightly. Let us pay due and rightful homage to the brave, resili-ent and resourceful people of Haiti who defiant-ly celebrate this 212th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution in the midst of a continuing brutal occupation conducted under the deceptive and destructive camouflage and cover of a so-called U.N. "mission". Let us also acknowledge their long and undeserved suffering and suppression under the radical evil of imperialist oppression by the U.S., France and Canada and their local puppets, handmaidens and hirelings, and offer whatever support we can to the Haitian people in Haiti and here in the U.S. in their righteous and relentless struggle. And let us pay due and rightful homage to the historical and current Boukmans, Fatimas, Dessalines, Toussaints and others of the first, second, third and endless waves of revolution and righteous resistance. For truly they have carved out and maintained a special space in the history of the struggle for African and human freedom in the world.
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Friday, January 01 2016
The Sacred Narrative of Nat Turner by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Part II

PART II. THE birth and coming-into-being of Nat Turner (October 2, 1800) was surely a bad omen for the oppressor but a sign and wonder for the oppressed. But even though Nat Turner is born in the midst of the severe, savage and inhuman oppression, which we rightly call the Holocaust of enslavement, and he is seen and treated as special by his parents and his people, he must himself come into consciousness of his and their oppression, of the radical evil and injustice of the enslavement, and decide to resist. He began at an early age sensing he had a special and divine mission of liberation. Thus, he began preparing for it. In his narrative of struggle, he tells us the people believed and told him, "I surely would be a prophet". And "my father and mother strengthened me in this….saying in my presence I was intended for some great purpose". Likewise he reports that both Blacks and Whites had said of him "that I had too much sense to be raised (trained as a salve) and if I was, I would never be of any use to anyone as a slave".
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Monday, November 30 2015
The Sacred Narrative of Nat Turner by Dr. Maulana Karenga

When we remember and recount the sacred narrative of Nat Turner, we must remember also the Kawaida fundamental teaching that our oppressor cannot be our teacher, especially about our heroes and heroines, about what is good or evil or about what counts as real, relevant or righteous. We must remember too Min. Malcolm X’s teaching that the oppressor thru his immoral and amoral mind and his fantasy, fiction and falsehood generating media can and routinely does "turn the victim into the criminal and the criminal into the victim". And we must remember also the Hon. Marcus Garvey’s teaching that "Our history is too important to leave in alien hands", especially the hands and history books of our oppressor. And finally, we must remember Harriet Tubman with freedom on her mind and weapon in her hand, courageously breaking her chains and calling on her enslaved people to rise up in rebellion and "go free or die". Read the full text

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Wednesday, June 03 2015

Julian Kunnie: Brief Academic Biography

Julian Kunnie is Professor of Religious Studies/Classics and Affiliate Faculty member in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He is a former Director of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona, a former Director of African Studies at Kalamazoo College, and taught at Valparaiso University and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Research Fellow at the Yunggorendi First Nations Center for Research in Higher Education at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia in 1999 and Visiting Lecturer at the Center for Maori and Pacific Studies at the University of Waikato in Ao Te Roa (New Zealand) in 2013 among various international academic distinctions. He has taught at Renmin University in Beijing for two summers and delivered lectures at Yunnan University in Kunming and at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in China. He has lectured and conducted research with scores of Indigenous peoples and communities in six continents, from Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru in South America to Haiti, the Bahamas, the Caymans, and Cuba in the Caribbean, in places as diverse as Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, India, and Taiwan, and all over Africa, Europe, and North America. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Islamic Perspective and Culture, a member of the board of the National Council for Black Studies, serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Public Enterprises, as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Diversity in Education, and a reviewer for the Journal of African Studies and Development. He is involved with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as representative of the Chiricahua Apache Alliance in Arizona.

Kunnie has produced five educational DVD’s, Umoya: The Spirit in Africa, that illustrates the dynamic growth of Indigenous Churches in Africa; Black and Brown: An Afro-Latino Journey that explores the African presence in Mexico in 2000 and 2006 respectively; We Belong to Mother Earth: Dineh Elder and Hataali Jones Benally Speaks in 2011; The Global Indigenous Peoples Performing Arts Festival, from Pingtung, Taiwan, following his research visit to Taiwan and China in August 2011; and Nicaragua: A Struggle for Nationhood, Independence and Justice in 2013.

Kunnie is the author of numerous articles in various internationally recognized journals and books including the African Studies Review, the Black Scholar, the Journal of African American History, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and the Journal of Pan African Studies. He is the author (with Nomalungelo Goduka) of Indigenous Wisdom and Power: Affirming our Knowledge Through Narratives (Ashgate, 2006), Is Apartheid Really Dead? Pan Africanist Working Class Cultural Critical Perspectives (Westview Press/Perseus Books 2000), and Models of Black Theology; Issues of Class, Culture, and Gender (Trinity Press International, Valley Forge, 1994). His articles have appeared in the Sunday Times, Sunday Tribune, City Press, Cape Times, Post Tribune in Indiana, and Arizona Daily Star. He is a regular commentator on Radio 786 in Cape Town and was featured recently on

Kunnie’s most recent book is The Cost of Globalization: Dangers to the Earth and Its People (McFarland, April, 2015). He continues to work on a prison research project that interrogates issues of race, class, and gender and is geared toward preventing the incarceration of youth, particularly those of color, entitled Enchained Humanity: A Comparative Study of the Infliction of Incarceration on Persons in United States and South African prisons. In 2012, Kunnie launched the Nyakweri Ecological Restoration and Preservation Project with Samwel Naikada from Transmara, Kenya, that is concerned with studying the impact of global warming and climate change on the Nyakweri Forest Preserve and trains students in areas of ecological sustainability through practical immersion and living in the Nyakweri forest, described at

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Monday, May 04 2015

Download the Full Report Here


At the recent 39th annual NCBS national conference,

the spotlight was indeed on Hollywood as the opening

plenary explored the release of the 2015 Diversity Report

by the UCLA Ralph Bunche Center.


The energetic panel included four-generation Hollywood

actor, Wren Brown, much sought after casting director,

Tracey "Twinkie" Byrd, creator of Proud Family and 

Playground Politics, Doreen Spicer-Donnelly, legendary

actor-director Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle)

and panel moderator Dr. Darnell Hunt, Director of the

Bunche Center.


NCBS is glad to have videotaped and archived this and

many other dynamic moments from the 39th annual

conference.  Check our social media sites to subscribe to our Video Collection to 

enjoy, and share with others. 


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Thursday, April 30 2015

Rage in the City
By Katia Joseph

You want me to voice my rage in silence
Like a good Christian
and crucify me to the cross
like the son of man
Oh, you hypocrite Pharisees
even the son was a thug
Woe to you!
I took my rage to the streets
flipped the tables in temples
stopped the highways 
 burned the city
Boom, boom, boom!
my rage, 
               my frustration
                                           my suffocation
                                                                       my injustice
Can be heard in the big BOOM
I will shake the city until my voice is heard
I will shake the city until I am truly free
I am a man,






You cannot call me thug, unruly

 I am not
you cannot enslave and imprison my mind
I am free,
My freedom came with a price
If you don’t believe me,
 ask Toussaint, Dessalines, King, X, and Evers

All bled in the streets

 to set me free

Listen neo planters!

 21st century massa!

 I will not be suffocated

My voice will be heard

 in the big BOOM

throughout the city

throughout the country

Your justice system creates prisons like plantations

sucking life out of me

Taking away my dream

colonizing my thoughts

A prisoner?


A nigger?


I am not!

Non plus!

I declare it

An agitator?

 I am

 for the cause of my people

their freedom

The city will hear my voice,

hear my cry

and my suffering too.


                my rage

                              my cry

                                         in the city

                                                          for my humanity

                                                                                        for my people

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Thursday, April 30 2015


39th Annual Conference Award Recipients

Los Angeles, California

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sankore Institutional Award
For Outstanding Institutional Achievement in Africana Studies
University of Miami

Presidential Award
Leslie Alexander (The Ohio State University)

 Anna Julia Cooper & CLR James Award
For Outstanding Scholarly Publication in Africana Studies
Richard D. Benson III (Spelman College)
Author of Fighting for Our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960-1973


Mary McLeod Bethune and Carter G. Woodson Award
For Outstanding Service in the Promotion of Social Responsibility in Africana Studies
Patricia Reid-Merritt (The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)


Paul Robeson & Zora Neale Hurston Celebrated Elder Award
For Outstanding Leadership and Service in the Promotion of African Humanity
Munashe Furusa

Student Essay Awards


Undergraduate Students


1st Place

Eli Washington

Furman University

Life is Drag: Gender Performativity and Subaltern Public in RuPaul's Drag Race

Faculty Advisor: Cynthia King


2nd Place

Peace and Love El Henson

University of California, Berkeley

Race, Class and Gender: The Implications of School Disciplinary Systems

on African American Girls and Boys

Faculty Advisor: Nikki Jones & Na'ilah Nasir


3rd Place

Linsey Eldridge

University of Pittsburgh

Rural Prisons, Urban Inmates: Mass Incarceration as Economic Growth Faculty

Advisors: Michael Tillotson


Graduate Students


1st Place

Crystal Webster

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

The Rhetoric of Childhood: Representation of Black Children in Narratives of Enslavement

Faculty Advisor: Manisha Sinha


2nd Place

John Kennedy

Purdue University

“All Clumps of People Turn Out to be Individuals on Close Inspection": Zora Neale Hurston and the Politics of Individualism

Faculty Advisor: Caroline Janney


3rd Place

Olivia Young

University of California

Malleable Flesh: Black Female Artists and the Performative Potential of Visual Distortion

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Leigh Raiford and Dr. Brandi Catanese

Honor Society Inductees

Claire Vilain, Lincoln University

Corissa Perry, Dominican University

Daviel Byrd, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Jan Holston, Bethune-Cookman University

Jonathan Parnell, Dominican University

Justin Thorton, Domincian University

Khyeria Ferguson, Dominican University

Maurice Simon, Purdue University

Quinn Porter, Dominican University

Sierra Jordan, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Tyler Pitts, Purdue University

Udochi Nancy Nwoko, Dominican University

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Monday, April 20 2015

Peace and Blessings NCBS Family

We warmly welcome you to the new Voice of Black Studies and to our organization!

Over thirty years ago, scholars and teachers in the field of Black Studies came together to develop an organization whose primary purpose was to promote and defend the discipline. That organization, the National Council for Black Studies, remains in the forefront of the discipline today. Central to the workings of the organization is an active Board of Directors that represents the national and international interest of the discipline.

The growth of the discipline can be attributed significantly to the advocacy and action of the hundreds of individuals that served on the NCBS Board members between 1975 and today. I am honored to serve as NCBS president. On behalf of the NCBS, I am pleased to welcome you to our Newsletter and hope that you will help us help you by engaging with us.

A few changes have happened since the last Voice of Black Studies. I am happy to announce and welcome two new board members to our board – Dr. Alfonso Simpson from Western Illinois University and Dr. Bertis English, of Alabama State University. Dr. Bertis English will be leading the effort to publish the International Journal of Africana Studies. A call for Papers will be issued soon so make sure you are checking all the ways we communicate with you.

The National Office is now under the directorship of Ms. Clara Matonhodze. Clara brings with her a wide range of skills that will help NCBS position itself as a strong organization true to its mission to promote academic excellence and social responsibility in the discipline of Africana/Black Studies through the production and dissemination of knowledge, professional development and training, and advocacy for social change and social justice.

As we start planning for our 40th Anniversary Conference, we urge you to assist us by talking about the conference, signing up on time for panels and sessions and submitting all needed materials in a timely manner. As Chair of the Student Committee, I strongly encourage all our Faculty members to encourage students to submit essays for the Student Essay competition, apply for membership to the Honor Society and the Keto Fellows Program.

The purpose of the Tsehloane C. Keto Fellows Program is to provide leadership training to the next generation of young scholars and professionals who will assume positions of responsibility in the field of Africana Studies and in the African Diaspora community.  Participants in the program will be exposed to a variety of settings where they will have the opportunity to observe, participate, examine and exercise leadership skills in a national organization.

We want this to be the best conference yet to showcase all the wonderful research and work that you and your students you do!

Light, Grace, and Balance,

Georgene Bess Montgomery
President, National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)
Clark-Atlanta University
Department of English

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