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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 129–145.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Aaron Kamugisha “Black Metamorphosis,” Sylvia Wynter's unpublished manuscript of the 1970s, is premised on the idea that the black experience of coloniality is crucial to comprehending the history of the New World. This essay traces the idea of black experience in “Black Metamorphosis” through...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 37–46.
Published: 01 March 2016
... interpretations of the black experience in the Western hemisphere ever written by a Caribbean intellectual. © Small Axe, Inc. 2016 Caribbean intellectual tradition Caribbean thought Sylvia Wynter, circa late 1950s. Photograph by Oswald Jones. Used with permission Sylvia Wynter, circa late 1950s...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 4–25.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Silvio Torres-Saillant This article offers to the consideration of readers a number of site-specific vignettes that highlight the ways in which the experience of blackness--as different from the fact of blackness--may take different forms depending on the moment, the socio-cultural setting...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 142–151.
Published: 01 July 2019
... representations of the Dominican Republic as a space that is racially unconscious and reminds us of the overlooked history of free black experience in the eastern side of the island, pressing the reader to face the ghosted racialized realities that these facts highlight. This review considers the epistemological...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 16–35.
Published: 01 July 2021
... alternative practices of listening and soundmaking, they have marginalized black experience. Caribbean noise, formed out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, has been excluded from informing those alternative practices. The depths of sonic experience revealed by soundscapes of Kamau Brathwaite’s poetry...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 26–38.
Published: 01 July 2009
... evolved in the context of current discussions of black cross-culturality and diaspora. New concerns have emerged about the relevance of US notions of race and blackness for describing the cultures, experiences, and identities of members of other diasporic populations. Also, gender and sexuality still...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 111–119.
Published: 01 March 2020
... that emphasized the history, experience, and culture of African descended peoples and communities. Employing Valdés’s Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg , this essay explores the politics of Afro-diasporic collection, archive, visibility, and futurity. If archives can...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 28–46.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Sarah Phillips Casteel While interned by the Nazis in Belgium and Bavaria during World War II, the little-known Surinamese artist Josef Nassy (1904–76) created a series of paintings and drawings documenting his experiences and those of other black prisoners. Nassy’s artworks uniquely register...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 108–118.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Leniqueca A. Welcome This essay shows that despite the variegated experience of Black-identified people globally and the unstable and processual nature of Blackness as a category, the meaning of Blackness remains anchored in the geography of the plantation, and the deathliness this produces still...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 93–99.
Published: 01 July 2022
... context, we should remember that AfroLatinidad, or Black Latinidad, is first and foremost about Black lives, embodied experiences, movement, translatability, and untranslatability. In this essay, I have highlighted the codes in which Black Latinidad and being are expressed, even when those...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 107–117.
Published: 01 July 2009
...  |  Deconstructing Jamaican Whiteness: A Diasporic Voice as black, was, I was told, in shock because he had twice had the most disconcerting experi- ence of being referred to by passersby on the streets of Kingston as white. This might have been an especially bizarre experience for him...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 152–161.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley; Matt Richardson This reflection argues that the oeuvre of Colin Dayan provides critical tools for the elaboration of black transgender studies. Specifically, the authors analyze the trial and imprisonment of black transgender activist CeCe MacDonald using Dayan's work...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 71–84.
Published: 01 March 2018
... and the Southern Caribbean. After offering a brief history of the faith, the piece focuses on the spiritual moorings of one particularly prominent queer Caribbean artist and religious elder. This work is committed to the belief that one of the richest territories of black queer experience has long been our...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 94–111.
Published: 01 July 2017
... with “Indianness” and blackness. Throughout this project, Khan strategically disidentifies with normative Indianness in South Africa and in the Indian/South Asian diaspora—she refuses the middle-class narrative as the hegemonic experience of Indians—in order to reimagine family, community, and nation. Normative...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 35–56.
Published: 01 July 2018
... a discreet “buffer race” between the white minority and the black majority in the Caribbean after abolition. The experiment, which depended on the capacity for the Chinese to develop bourgeois domesticity in the Caribbean after abolition, failed because of sexual intimacies between people of African descent...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2022
.... Within the context of the Trinidadian/Tobagonian Canadian diasporic experience, the success of independence and socialist movements was reinforced by the opening of immigration policies in North America. Subsequently, there were more opportunities for Black working-class women to access education...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 46–59.
Published: 01 July 2022
...M. Myrta Leslie Santana This essay considers the stories of Blaccucini and Ángel Daniel, two Black transgender drag performers from Cuba, and dwells on the relationship they imagine between their work as performers and their subjectivities as trans people. The author situates these narratives...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 186–196.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo Apart from the fact that it is one of very few book-length studies of a Caribbean-based British Caribbean black intellectual from the nineteenth century, and one of even fewer written by a literary studies scholar, Faith L. Smith's Creole Recitations stands out because...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 125–137.
Published: 01 November 2013
... of Cabrera's own experience. Yet Césaire's explicitly political text articulates a voice for a masculine black subject—and posits a space for the literary creation of that racialized self—very different from the identity championed in racial dialogues of the time in Cuba, where writers tended to view cubanía...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 155–163.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Alejandra Bronfman This short essay is a response to Alexandra T. Vazquez's Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke, 2013). It aims to recreate the experience of reading the book and the transformation in listening that the book prompted. Written in both personal and academic...