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Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic

“In Afro-Atlantic Flight, Michelle D. Commander traces how post-civil rights Black American artists, intellectuals, and travelers envision literal and figurative flight back to Africa as a means by which to heal the dispossession caused by the slave trade. Through ethnographic, historical, literary, and filmic analyses, Commander shows the ways that cultural producers such as Octavia […]

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Langston Hughes (1939) Photo by Carl Van Vechten, From "O, Write My Name': American Portraits, Harlem Heroes.

Carl Van Vechten’s Harlem Renaissance Portraits on Display

“In 1983 the Eakins Press Foundation published only 100 copies of “O Write my Name”: American Portraits, Harlem Heroes by Carl Van Vechten, consisting of a portfolio of 50 photogravures by the titular photographer, critic, and Gertrude Stein literary executor. At the time, it was available only to public archives. One such archive is the […]

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