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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 111–123.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Maziki Thame This essay looks at the place of race in Creole Nationalism in Jamaica. It asserts that Creole Nationalism is also Brown Nationalism in Jamaica and that its racial ideas can be seen through the thought of Norman Manley, the father of Creole Nationalism; his wife Edna, its cultural...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 200–211.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Trevor Burnard The bleak moral vision in Vincent Brown's The Reaper's Garden offers to us a version of early America that is profoundly at odds with established, or at least popular, narratives of American historical development. It is also at odds with customary narratives of Caribbean history...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 212–218.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Verene A. Shepherd In this essay, Shepherd explores what she terms the “`call to action'/ politics of death dimension” of Vincent Brown's The Reaper's Garden. Small Axe, Inc. 2010 From “Numbered Notations” to Named Ancestors: Finding Contemporary Meaning in Vincent Brown’s The Reaper’s...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 163–175.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús This essay sketches out a protocol for reading Ren Ellis Neyra’s The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020) from the vantage point of Ellis Neyra’s more recent work on Brownness and (non)relation. The essay aims to explore further the tensions...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 1–16.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Curdella Forbes This examination of Marlon James's novel The Book of Night Women and a selection of Clovis Brown's newspaper cartoons posits these Jamaican-authored works as texts that instantiate a uniquely Caribbean aesthetics of horror in their response to historical and contemporary events...
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Published: 01 November 2014
Editorial cartoon by Clovis Brown, featuring Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness, US president Barack Obama, and British prime minister David Cameron. Jamaica Observer , 9 December 2011. More
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 39–56.
Published: 01 July 2009
...” mixture stimulates a preference for whiteness, thus reducing the access to power by those deemed black, it simultaneously fuels a rejection for “pure” forms of whiteness as witnessed in the country's celebration of morenidade (brownness). Not all forms of miscegenation are valued in Brazil's myth...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 193–199.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Colin Dayan This essay brings law more fully into the rituals of terror, the fictions of slavery that Brown portrays so powerfully in * The Reaper's Garden. * In tracking the ghost-ridden traces of persons and property, I consider how palpable and visible remain the deposits of slave history, how...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 175–185.
Published: 01 March 2021
... of narratives of the black presence and racism in postwar Britain that center on the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948. By way of conclusion, the essay follows Carby in revisiting the so-called Brown Baby debate at the end of World War II, an episode in the reracialization of Britain that offers...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 104–110.
Published: 01 July 2015
...Leticia Alvarado This essay is a brief reflection on Ana Mendieta's Silueta Series, the Cuban diaspora, Latinidad, and ultimately brownness, after the loss of José E. Muñoz. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 Ana Mendieta brownness Latinidad Cuba Me haces falta . The phrase animates the pulse...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 94–111.
Published: 01 July 2017
..., apartheid, imperial, neoliberal—that connect black and brown lives both in the global South and global North. © Small Axe, Inc. 2017 South Africa indentureship Afro-Asian memory diaspora aesthetics apartheid blackness memory work slavery fleshiness sugarcane Indenture may be seen...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 237–245.
Published: 01 November 2023
..., to the transcriptions and parodies of White Caribbean elites, and to the increasing use in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries of Creole by Brown and Black Caribbean writers and performers. Slowly, the language shifted from being a marker of cultural inferiority to a medium for signaling cultural authenticity...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 110–121.
Published: 01 July 2023
.... In the twentieth century, the cimarrón became attached to masculinist nationalist tropes key to postwar anticolonial movements. In the new millennium, Black and Brown women and LBTQ+ folks use the term to convey an ethos of antipatriarchal, community-centered activism. The essay argues that the origins of the term...
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Published: 01 July 2015
Stills from movt nr. 4 , Morphis , 2010; performance, two hours. Photos by Olubode Shawn; Brown/BLOOM NYC More
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Published: 01 November 2021
Figure 12 “We Can’t Breathe” graffiti, by Jerry Rosembert Moïse, Collège Saint Louis de Bourdon, John Brown Avenue, Pétionville, 7 June 2020. Photograph by Nadia Todres More
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Published: 01 March 2017
Figure 3. Deborah Anzinger, You thought i didn't hear you when you said you love my brown pear-shaped body and dry, nappy hair … but i heard you , 2016. Acrylic, Styrofoam, aloe vera, and mirrored Plexiglas; 54 × 72 × 48 in. © Deborah Anzinger More
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 34–51.
Published: 01 October 2007
...Winnifred Brown-Glaude This essay examines public discussions around skin bleaching in Jamaica and demonstrates that a discourse of pathology is a dominant frame of meaning used to explain this practice. I argue that the practice of bleaching destabilizes popular conceptions of blackness that rely...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2003
..., with its history of slavery and indentureship, and the corollary pathologizing of black and other nonwhite women 2 as nonwomen or nonsubjects, the black, brown, and Asian constituencies’ desire for a publicly acknowledged “respectable” femininity is both overtly and covertly tied...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 48–62.
Published: 01 November 2017
... accentuates that where one fell on the color line between blackness and whiteness mattered, since it often indexed the generational accumulation of capital and often colonial economic, affective, and political values. In these narratives, and consequently in my discussion, the terms near white and brown...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 254–262.
Published: 01 November 2023
... there was Murray. A self-identified Brown Jamaican (who, perhaps, was Black), Murray was an established journalist and lecturer by the time he wrote what appears to be the first mostly Creole story published in the anglophone Caribbean in the 1870s (83). He, like Trinidad’s Thomas, was—let’s call him—a Black...