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Debra Dickerson

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  • 16 years ago

    Given the rising agitations against police brutality in the wake of Abner Louima's sexual torture in a precinct house bathroom and this year's acquittal of the four white officers who executed Amadou Diallo on his front doorstep, this anthology is...

  • 16 years ago

    How do you keep black people from finding out something you don't want them to know? Put it in a book. Many such self-hating, defeatist jokes rattle around the black community like dry bones. Unfortunately, there's always a grain of truth in even ...

  • 16 years ago

    Born a working-class Negro girl from podunk, Pennsylvania, in a world designed to minimize her, B. Smith set out to build herself a new one. The empire she's built may be about food and frivolity, but its cultural significance hints at the coming ...

  • 17 years ago

    Heading through Harlem in a LaGuardia-bound cab early one 1989 morning, Harvard urban anthropologist Katherine Newman did something remarkable. She observed the infamous neighborhood, symbolic of decline and hopelessness in the popular psyche, and...

  • 17 years ago

    There can't be a women's studies syllabus anywhere in reconstructed America without at least one book by bell hooks. Her first, the 1981 Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism is among America's most influential works. Prolific, outspoken, and ...

  • 17 years ago

    Once and for all, the current crop of slave scholarship should put to rest the unspoken folk understanding of slavery as an aberration, a bizarre and inexplicable bad habit that whites had which was merely a hermetically sealed sidelight to all th...

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