Tuesday, May 17, 2005

5/17/05 Black Male Feminism

Just back from Durham, NC and my graduation. I got a chance to talk to Wahneema Lubiano (who was one of my chairs) and Maurice Wallace during the ceremony for African and African American Studies undergraduate majors and graduate certificate recipients. Wallace talked to Keith and me about his desire for masculinity studies to stay a part of women's studies and to keep a feminist slant. He also gave us a preview of his new writing on black male feminism. I won't give snippets here, but I will say I'm psyched to read (and respond) to what he's considering now. I also had the chance to meet the jovial Mark Anthony Neal, who has come to Duke since I've left town. As part of the ceremony we were given books which turned out to be his book New Black Man. I'm almost finished reading it now. Neal has lots of interesting thing to say about homophobia, sexism, hip-hop, being in a lineage of black female intellectuals, and the world he wants his daughters to inherit. I'll say more about black male feminists and my thoughts on growing up with men who created Black Men for the Eradication of Sexism when I'm done reading.


Blogger John K said...

Congratulations on graduating, Mendi! And thanks for also mentioning these texts, which I definitely am going to check out.

2:20 PM, May 17, 2005  
Blogger Frank León Roberts said...

Mendi, needless to say this is an extraordinary achievement--one that I can only hope to achieve in the next 3 to 4 years. I have to ask, what was your diss on? Also, by any chance to do you know a good friend of mine (my fellow black queer scholar bohemiam) Alexis Gumbs--she's a 1st year in English (Ph.D.). Hope you'll pay a visit to my blog--you seem like you have plenty of knowledge to drop!

5:42 PM, May 20, 2005  
Blogger Mendi O. said...

Thanks for the love. I don't know Alexis. I actually haven't been in residence in Durham since 2001. I will look out for her, though. My diss was on sound and stereotype.

10:49 AM, May 21, 2005  
Anonymous Raqiyyah A. said...

It took a google search in the attempt to prepare for my Sociology class to rediscover you. I think the Universe is trying to tell me something. Congrats on graduating. If it is to be, I hope we can connect soon. -Your cousin...

7:40 PM, June 29, 2005  
Blogger Mendi O. said...

Hey Raqiyyah! Yes, let's connect. You know how to reach me?

7:32 PM, June 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raqi told me about this site! I'm so proud. Send me your e-mail address because I have "docto jokes" for you that I promised. Love, Your Proud Aunti Aliyah.

9:40 PM, June 30, 2005  

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