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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 91–108.
Published: 01 July 2021
..., but overlooked, feature of black activism in Cuba. While the existing literature locates black consciousness in the English- and French-speaking Caribbean, this essay highlights how Afro-Cubans in Spanish-speaking countries were not only aware of but also adapted Caribbean ideologies to local circumstances...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 32–48.
Published: 01 November 2023
... to a hemispheric and anticipatory Black lesbian politic. The essay builds on previous work on Black lesbian feminism in Cuba and provides insight into the type of activism that was happening in the island in the mid-2010s, which laid the groundwork for the growth in Afro-feminist and Afro-queer activism...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 79–91.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Katherine McKittrick This essay studies Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis” and draws attention to the ways plantocratic systems generated black creative activities that rebelled against the tenets of white supremacy and its attendant order of consciousness. Building on Wynter's insights...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 175–184.
Published: 01 March 2016
.../authors/performers of African diaspora culture. This scholarship is remaking the field as feminist in innovative and surprising ways, challenging scholars and students to ask questions about audience, circulation, authorship, and activism that embrace more capacious definitions of black cultural...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 40–49.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Farah Jasmine Griffin This essay explores the extent to which the concept of “a black radical tradition” illuminates or limits understandings of the art and activism of dancer, choreographer, and activist Pearl Primus. Focusing on Primus's emergence as a public figure and artist during the 1940s...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 65–80.
Published: 01 November 2020
... and national pride. The club’s aims were to encourage women to take an active interest in local and world events; to form a study circle on issues of politics, economics, government, and black history; and to “advance the status of Jamaican women socially and politically.” 18 According to the WLC cofounder...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 95–116.
Published: 01 November 2023
..., the author first discusses Rodney’s engagements with the University of California, Los Angeles, as part of a longer history of Black intellectual and political activism and the geographies of Black radicalism on campus. The author then explores the question of methodology in Rodney’s book, especially...
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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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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 263–280.
Published: 01 March 2013
..., used photography to mobilize racial feeling and to assert a vision of black modernity. The essay then considers the collaboration between Harlem studio photographer James VanDerZee and Garvey, who, through the UNIA, hired VanDerZee to document the organization's activities in the summer of 1924. More...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 140–150.
Published: 01 November 2018
... actively center Haitian girls while recognizing the dynamics of the wake that Sharpe outlines throughout her study. As such they offer an example of what it means to imagine Haitian girlhood “otherwise.” 19 Sharpe references Frank B. Wilderson III, Red, White, and Black: Cinema and the Structure of US...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 193–202.
Published: 01 March 2009
... sensitive to cold war accusations of disloyalty and the red-baiting of US black movement activism and African nationalism. While not an avid cold warrior, Drake nevertheless maintained a prudent distance from members of the Communist Party and fellow travelers among the black left...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 217–229.
Published: 01 March 2009
.... Gaines’s entry point is his knowledge of St. Clair Drake through the larger field of his work American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era (2006). It is a fascinat- ing angle because it allows what Left of Karl Marx envisioned: a re-engagement with black left activism in its...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 175–185.
Published: 01 March 2021
.... “This practice of naming bound together what appeared to be different and separate: slave and free, white and black, English and African,” Carby writes, and Lilly Carby’s “creation of a colonial simulacra of his Lincolnshire family” indexed what his activities had already done—establish “transatlantic threads...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 206–217.
Published: 01 November 2020
... Collective—to name just a few of the women who insisted on gender and sexuality as vectors of revolutionary activism. Revisiting, and in some cases uncovering, black feminist thought from Montreal and the rest of the diaspora in the 1960s and 1970s is one of the ways we can expand the historiography...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 15–31.
Published: 01 November 2023
... in the literature on hemispheric Black (including Black women’s) politics and social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean. In fact, before the relatively recent rise of scholarship focusing on Black Central American women’s diasporic activism, most discussions of radical Black politics in the region heavily...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 39–54.
Published: 01 March 2018
...: the New Beacon circle was central to the supplementary schools movement, an attempt to combat racism in the British education system not by petition or picketing but by providing an alternative space for black students to study and receive instruction. In the 1970s, education activism was consolidated...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 55–75.
Published: 01 March 2015
... that at the same time Cuba, through the Tricontinental, was producing celebratory films and propaganda materials on US black activism that featured photographs and film footage of activists who wore their hair naturally in Afros, the appropriation of this symbology by Afro-Cubans would be suppressed.“Landrián...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 84–95.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of what people tended to describe as “identity politics.” And I know there are identity politics that run through certain moments in the history of black radicalism, of black activism. But I thought what was resonant to me in Hill's talk is not so much the craziness and strangeness of Garvey but actually...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 85–177.
Published: 01 September 2001
... Bongo-Man that refl ected the radicalization of the period coming out of Black Power. It preceded Walter Rodney. In fact some of Rodney’s articles were published in Bongo-Man. But that came directly out of Black Power/civil rights activity. 2 Chancellor Hall and Taylor Hall...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 29–55.
Published: 01 July 2015
... Rodney, C. L. R. James, and Stokely Carmichael convening for a Congress of Black Writers that led to heightened activism and protest at McGill and Sir George Williams Universities. 61 Today, according to Statistics Canada, there are more than half a million Canadians with Caribbean roots, nearly...