New Books Network

Lisa B. Thompson, “Underground, Monroe, and the Mamalogues: Three Plays” (Northwestern UP, 2020)
Lisa B. Thompson is equally renowned as a scholar of African and African-American studies and as a playwright. Her latest book Underground, Monroe, and the Mamalogues: Three Plays (Northwestern University Press 2020) collects plays from throughout her two decades as a playwright. “Underground” is a tense two-hander exploring themes of... Read More
Simone C. Drake, “Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century” (Duke UP, 2020)
Simone C. Drake and Dwan K. Henderson’s Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century (Duke UP, 2020) is an engaging and interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary black popular culture and how to think about this broad and diverse landscape, especially in relation to power, capitalism, gender identity, and presidential... Read More
Dan Royles, “To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle Against HIV/AIDS” (UNC Press, 2020)
In the decades since it was identified in 1981, HIV/AIDS has devastated African American communities. Members of those communities mobilized to fight the epidemic and its consequences from the beginning of the AIDS activist movement. They struggled not only to overcome the stigma and denial surrounding a “white gay disease”... Read More
Nadia Nurhussein, “Black Land: Imperial Ethiopianism and African America” (Princeton UP, 2019)
In Black Land: Imperial Ethiopianism and African America (Princeton University Press, 2019), Nadia Nurhussein explores late nineteenth and twentieth century African American cultural engagement with and literary depictions of imperial Ethiopia. Widely celebrated as one of two African nations to resist European colonization in the age of modern imperialism, Ethiopia... Read More
Chinua Thelwell, “Exporting Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in South Africa and Beyond” (U Massachusetts Press, 2020)
Exporting Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in South Africa and Beyond (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020) by Dr. Chinua Thelwell is a rich, well-researched, and sobering investigation of blackface minstrelsy as the “visual bedrock of a transcolonial cultural imaginary.” In tracing minstrel globalization across the Anglo-colonial and British imperial worlds beginning... Read More
Tamura Lomax, “Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture” (Duke UP, 2018)
One of the central threads in the public discourse on Black womanhood is the idea of the “Jezebel.” This trope deems Black women and girls as dishonorable and sexually deviant and the stereotype is circulated from the big screen to the pulpit. Tamura Lomax, Associate Professor at Michigan State University,... Read More
Alexandra J. Finley, “An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade” (UNC Press, 2020)
Alexandra J. Finley is the author of An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. An Intimate Economy examines the history of American slavery and capitalism by foregrounding women’s labor in the Antebellum slave trade. Finley explores... Read More
Why are Blacks Democrats?: An Interview with Ismail K. White and Chryl N. Laird
Black Americans are by far the most unified racial group in American electoral politics, with 80 to 90 percent identifying as Democrats—a surprising figure given that nearly a third now also identify as ideologically conservative, up from less than 10 percent in the 1970s. Why has ideological change failed to... Read More
Hannah L. Walker, “Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Hannah Walker’s new book, Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race (Oxford UP, 2020), brings together the political science and criminal justice disciplines in exploring how individuals are mobilized to engage in political participation by their connection to the criminal justice system in the United States. The... Read More
Jerry Gershenhorn, “Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle” (UNC Press, 2018)
Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) by Jerry Gershenhorn is a history of the struggle for Black equality in North Carolina from 1927 to 1971 as told through the life and activism of Black newspaperman Louis... Read More