Africana Studies Review - Spring 2021Vol. 7 No. 1 (2021)
Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue of the Africana Studies Review! When we entered 2020, none of us knew what the year would hold. We now find ourselves one year into a global pandemic, seeking to return to life “as usual” while, at the same time, questioning just what “usual” is and if it is truly a place to which we want to return. In this space, we find that the topic of Africana Studies is more salient than ever. This issue includes perspectives from multiple disciplines within our field including sociology, literature and film studies, religious studies, legal studies, and history and considers topics from the meanings of place and space to ghosts, zombies, and ancestors. Each highlights an aspect of Africana lived existence—some joyous, some painful—and ultimately invites us to examine the “usual” with new eyes.
Africana Studies Review - Spring 2019Vol. 6 No. 1 (2019)
This Spring 2019 issue is a conglomeration of diverse pieces of scholarship in Africana Studies, from scholars in ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, religious studies, legal studies, African studies, and other disciplines focusing on various aspects of Africana spirituality and artistic expression. These two forces—spirituality and art—have been intertwined lifelines for Africana peoples. Our spirituality has sustained usin the best times andthrough the direst of circumstances,and our ability to express ourselves in unique and instructive ways continues to awe and influence those within and outside of our communities. Where these two intersect we find some of our most enduring and influential forms, from gospel, to drum and dance, to quilting, to spoken and written word, to hip-hop. The contributors to this issue explore various acts of creation and their implications.
Africana Studies Review - Summer 2022 (Special Issue)Vol. 8 No. 1 (2022)
In 2019 the Center for African and African American Studies at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) launched the Pontchartrain Park Pioneers: An Oral History of New Orleans' Civil Rights Era Segregated Black “Suburb in the City.” This innovative endeavor, which is funded by the State of Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism office of Cultural Development and Historic Preservation, utilizes oral histories of New Orleans African Americans who achieved the “American Dream” of homeownership in the second oldest American all-black “suburb in the city” in the 1950s and early 1960s and the first in New Orleans to tell a larger story. The oral histories of the original settlers, or Pioneers, reflect what was happening to African Americans nationally, and this issue outlines 10 such histories. Even as the country moved painfully toward integration, Pontchartrain Park created a haven for Black people. This vital oral history initiative exposes the broader significance of the interviewed persons and the neighborhood they helped build.