Weeks of November 28/December 4: Off week/ Kawaida with Dr. Segun Shabaka

Photo: Dr. Segun Shabaka. Credit: Joyce Jones/SugaBowl Photography

Announcement:

Wednesday 11/27 we will not meet because of the holiday the next day. CUNY has not cancelled classes though so check any other classes you may have scheduled.

On Wednesday 12/4, we’ll have a guest speaker, Dr. Segun Shabaka, who will do a presentation on the background of the Kawaida philosophy developed by Dr. Maulana Karenga and the US Organization and Kwanzaa. Dr. Shabaka is currently co-chair of the New York chapter of NAKO: the National Association of Kawaida Organizations and formerly a member of the Brooklyn-based cultural center The East, which was a strong presence in the 1970-mid 80s and were the founders of the still-running International African Arts Festival, held annually in Brooklyn over the Fourth of July weekend.

Guests are welcome! Invite classmates, family members, boy/girlfriends, or whoever you think needs to be here!

To prepare for his talk and our class session:

  • (Re)read the sections on Kawaida Theory in Introduction to Black Studies (pages 160-162, 260-263, 420-421)
  • Watch the following presentation on Kwanzaa via YouTube (It’s 48 minutes long)
  • Write 2-3 questions for Dr. Shabaka based on Dr. Karenga’s talk below.

 

Quick Highlights from 11/20 class:

  • Reviewed Chapter 10 on Black Psychology  in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (pages 265-283).
    • Focused on sections
  • Lecture notes posted in the usual spot
  • Musical interlude: Ice-T “Mind Over Matter” from O.G. (1991). Watch on YouTube

 

Weeks of November 21/28: Off week/ Kawaida with Dr. Segun Shabaka

Photo: Dr. Segun Shabaka. Credit: Joyce Jones/SugaBowl Photography

Announcement:

Wednesday 11/21 we will not meet because of the holiday the next day. CUNY has not cancelled classes though so check any other classes you may have scheduled.

Our next response paper is due on Wednesday 11/28. See the Assignments Page for details.

On Wednesday 11/28, we’ll have a guest speaker, Dr. Segun Shabaka, who will do a presentation on the background of Kwanzaa. Dr. Shabaka is co-chair of the New York chapter of NAKO: the National Association of Kawaida Organizations and  the Brooklyn-based cultural center The East, which was a strong presence in the 1970-mid 80s and were the founders of the still-running International African Arts Festival, held annually in Brooklyn over the Fourth of July weekend.

To prepare for his talk and our class session:

  • (Re)read the section on Kawaida Theory in Introduction to Black Studies (pages 260-263)
  • Watch the following presentation on Kwanzaa via YouTube (It’s 48 minutes long)
  • Write 2-3 questions for Dr. Shabaka based on Dr. Karenga’s talk below.
  • Write the paper assigned based on Dr. KArenga’s lecture

 

What to read/look for:

  • TBA

Quick highlights from 11/14 class:

  • Coming soon

Weeks of December 13/20: Final exam! [UPDATED]

Announcements:

  • Our second (and last) paper will be due on December 13 via email. See details on the assignments page including links to the documentary film.
  • No class next week (12/13), but I will be available during class time (6-8 PM) on the 13th in my office in Carman 398.
  • The final exam is on December 20 from 6-8 PM in our usual classroom. See the schedule for the rest of your classes here. (PDF!)
  • The International African Diaspora Film Festival has several documentary films of interest to Africana scholars. Of note are documentaries on CLR James, Cheikh Anta Diop, Malcolm X, and Winnie Mandela. Details/times at the link.

Final exam overview (TBA)

  • Format will be blue book essays ( 2)
  • Written notes and books will be allowed, but cell phones, laptops, or anything that connects to the internet will not
  • Areas to focus on for exam [Just added]

    • Black Studies definition: Leonard Jeffries essay (PDF)
    • Black Studies approach as defined by Karenga: section 1.3 in Introduction to Black Studies
    • Black Studies Methodology: from IBS, chapter 1
    • Definition of Worldview: from Karanja Carroll essay (PDF)
    • Cheikh Anta Diop’s importance/contributions to field of Africana Studies (from IBS)
    • Last part of Chapter 6 (Black Sociology) in IBS: approaches to gender, gender relations
    • Intro to Chapter 9 (Creative Production) in IBS: Section 9.1, key debates in analyzing art

Week of December 6: Final class and review

 

Image: Basir Mchawi. Credit: Hank Williams

Announcements:

  • Our second (and last) paper will be due on December 13. See details on the assignments page including links to the documentary films.
  • The International African Diaspora Film Festival has several documentary films of interest to Africana scholars. Of note are documentaries on CLR James, Cheikh Anta Diop, Malcolm X, and Winnie Mandela. Details/times at the link.
  • Our last class is next week (12/6), but I will be available during class time (6-8 PM) on the 13th in my office in Carman 398.
  • The final exam is on December 20 from 6-8 PM in our usual classroom.

On Wednesday December 6, we’ll have our final class meeting. Only one reading for this: “Can African People ave Themselves” in Dr. Clarke’s Notes for An African World Revolution (pp. 383-420). Please bring Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies textbook with you also, since the second half of the class will be a review for the final exam.

You do not need the Amsterdam News this week . We will not be covering it.

Weeks of November 22/29: Off week/ Kwanzaa at The East with Basir Mchawi

Image: Basir Mchawi. Credit: Hank Williams

Announcement:

Wednesday 11/22 we will not meet because of the holiday the next day. CUNY has not cancelled all classes though so check any other classes you may have scheduled.

On Wednesday 11/29, we’ll have a guest speaker, Basir Mchawi, who will do a presentation on the history of the Kwanzaa celebration at the Brooklyn-based cultural center The East, which was a strong presence in the 1970-mid 80s and were the founders of the still-running International African Arts Festival, held annually in Brooklyn over the Fourth of July weekend.

To prepare for his talk and our class session:

  • (Re)read the section on Kawaida Theory in Introduction to Black Studies (pages 260-263)
  • Read about the history of The East via this interview with the late Jitu Weusi, who was one of the founders, and this short blog post.
  • Read the Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) on the Official Kwanzaa Website
  • Watch the following documentary on Kwanzaa via YouTube (It’s about 70 minutes long)

 

 

 

What to read/look for:

  • TBA

You do not need the Amsterdam News this week or for the rest of the semester. We will not be covering it.

Quick highlights from 11/15 class:

  • Coming soon

Announcements

  • No class on Wednesday 11/22 for the holiday.
  • Attention education majors/ educators: See the following event on Sunday 11/19 at the John Henrik Clarke House in Harlem. All are welcome and admission is free, though they’ll ask for donations at the end of the program