Blacktino Queer Performance / Duke University Press

Staging an important new conversation between performers and critics, Blacktino Queer Performance approaches the interrelations of blackness and Latinidad through a stimulating mix of theory and art. The collection contains nine performance scripts by established and emerging black and Latina/o queer playwrights and performance artists, each accompanied by an interview and critical essay conducted or written by […]

Black Gay Genius - Pamela Booker

Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call

Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call was born out of a series of conversations, panel discussions, debates, and dinners with friends, colleagues and comrades over the years, assessing the impact and legacy of Joseph Beam and the writers of the In the Life generation. This anthology aims to bring that dazzling history of the […]

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Dust: murmurs and a play

More a philosophical crafting of body and race, Dust: murmurs and a play provides a course of recognition that is equal parts critical, performative, and personal, in the years following 9-11. The piercing critical essays are anchored by the play Dust , an imaginative chronicling of how two war-weary women, one African-American, the other Afghani, survive political betrayals. In […]

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Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory

Special Issue: Recall & Response: Black Women Performers & the Mapping of Memory Performance excerpt: Staging Black/Female/Body in the Age of Global Terror Inspired by the real-life events that culminated with 9-11 survivor Marcy Borders, I reimagined her as a bio-fictionalized character and subject of my performance-play Dust. This examination reflects the coalescing of theories that serve to […]


Symmetry in the Charlie Brown Christmas


Abstract: The televised Charlie Brown Christmas tale and its bawdy Peanuts characters taught me important lessons while growing up as the awkwardly drawn, “blockhead” sibling. This essay explores the down and dirty deities that reside in each of us, including Brown and Pig Pen, at once seen as contemporary symbols of the globally inter challenged-being and surprising instruments of sacred expression. Ruminations on the Bhagavad Gita, Immanuel Kant, Jessye Norman, bell hooks, and Thich Nhat Hahn encourage us to reimagine contexts for power and authority, racial mistrust and injustice, and restoring our slumping spirits.

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