Geographies of Cubanidad is out in paperback!

Go score a copy today:

This book is the culmination of a decade of research conducted in three cities in Cuba: Havana, Matanzas, and Santiago. It’s about the ways ideas of race and place are linked on the island, and how these issues play out in contemporary musical performance.

Note that while this is an academic book, the writing is fairly accessible with little heavy theoretical language. I think upper-level undergraduates could understand the vast majority of it. Please share far and wide!

Essays on Oscar-nominated movies

In preparation for the Oscars on Sunday night, here are two recent essays I wrote on nominated movies. I won’t hold my breath after the Grammys travesty that robbed Bey’s Lemonade of all its richly deserved recognition,   and proved yet again that white mediocrity will always be recognized by the establishment over black excellence…But for the record, Team Moonlight in all its categories! Even best supporting actress, cuz Viola deserved to be nominated and to win in the best actress category for her role in Fences!

On Loving:

On Moonlight: ‘Moonlight’ Subtly Illuminates the Erasure of Miami’s Black Cubans

Two pieces on Beyoncé, Adele, and the Grammys

Before you read my take, go read these pieces by Dr. Brittney Cooper at Cosmopolitan

and Luvvie Ajayi

Here’s my piece on Bey and Adele published at CNN Opinion

And here’s my own take on the 2017 Grammys:

Lemonade was ghettoized at the Grammys

When Beyoncé’s tour de force album Lemonade won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards last night, I began to worry about her chances for Album of the Year. Queen Bey probably already knew what was likely to happen and gave an incredible acceptance speech explaining that her intention in making Lemonade was to “give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness, and our history — to confront issues that make us uncomfortable” (read full transcript), and speaking about the importance of representation within the most visible arenas of our society.

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