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Imani Perry is an American interdisciplinary scholar of race, law, literature, and African-American culture. She is currently the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.
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The Meaning of Soul
Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s (Refiguring American Music)
Emily J. Lordi - Aug 14, 2020
In The Meaning of Soul, Emily J. Lordi proposes a new understanding of this famously elusive concept. In the 1960s, Lordi argues, soul came to signify a cultural belief in black resilience, which was enacted through musical practices—inventive cover versions, falsetto vocals, ad-libs, and false endings. Through these soul techniques, artists such a...
Imani Perry
Sep 14, 2020
@ejlordi @jwilli7 @pch9857 @annkpowers @JoyWhite2 ❤️ (And I love the Soul book!)     source
Being Property Once Myself
Blackness and the End of Man
Joshua Bennett - May 12, 2020
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A prize-winning poet argues that blackness acts as the caesura between human and nonhuman, man and animal.Throughout US history, black people have been configured as sociolegal nonpersons, a subgenre of the human. Being Property Once Myself delves into the literary imagination and ethical concerns that have emerged from this experience. Each chapte...
Imani Perry
Jun 11, 2020
This book is extraordinary.     source
Lift Every Voice
The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement
Patricia Sullivan - Sep 14, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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Sullivan spent ten years unearthing the little-known early decades of the NAACP’s activism, telling startling stories of personal bravery, legal brilliance, and political maneuvering by the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington, James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, Charles Houston, Ella Baker, Thurgood Marshall, and Roy Wilkins—as well as a h...
Imani Perry
Jan 10, 2020
Just got emotional thinking about my great aunt Avie who died suddenly while canvassing for the @NAACP back when it was an illegal organization in Alabama. related book suggestion: Patricia Sullivan’s Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and The Making of the Civil Rights Movement.     source
Race After Technology
Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
Ruha Benjamin - Jun 16, 2019
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From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen disc...
Imani Perry
May 19, 2019
@ruha9 It is such a brilliant book!! ❤️❤️❤️     source
The Changeling
A Novel
Victor LaValle - Jun 13, 2017
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One man’s thrilling journey through an enchanted world to find his wife, who has disappeared after seemingly committing an unforgiveable act of violence, from the award-winning author of the The Devil in Silver and Big Machine.Apollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood. An antiquarian book dealer with a business calle...
Imani Perry
Apr 13, 2019
@JoshundaSanders @victorlavalle I *love* that book!     source