et Us Make Men: The Twentieth-Century Black Press and a Manly Vision for Racial Advancement (UNC Press, 2018) tells a compelling but complicated story about media and manhood. During its golden years, the twentieth-century black press was a tool of black men's leadership, public voice, and gender and identity formation. Those at the helm of black newspapers used their platforms to wage a fight for racial justice and black manhood. In a story that stretches from the turn of the twentieth century to the rise of Black Power, I argue that black people's ideas, rhetoric, and protest strategies for racial advancement grew out of a quest for manhood led by black newspapers.  


This history departs from standard narratives of black protest, black men, and the black press by positioning newspapers at the intersections of gender, ideology, race, class, identity, urbanization, the public sphere, and black institutional life. Shedding crucial new light on the deep roots of African Americans' mobilizations around issues of rights and racial justice during the twentieth century, Let Us Make Men reveals the critical, complex role black male publishers played in grounding those issues in a quest to redeem black manhood.




onic Scholarship fuses the academic and artistic, mobilizing academic practice and Hip Hip word play to critically analyze, historicize, interpret, and footnote primary and secondary sources through a universe of characters that provide critical commentary about historical and current events.   

"The [Ferguson] Files: A Sonic Study of Racial Violence in America" interprets government documents, news reports, and activists' productions to examine one year of police and vigilante violence against Black people's bodies, rights, and humanity, beginning with the murder of Michael Brown in 2014 to the massacre of nine Black people at Mother Emanuel AME Church in 2015. 

"The [Ferguson] Files" Footnotes:

When real or perceived moments of racial crisis emerged and unleashed profound male publishers interpreted them in masculine terms."
---Let Us Make Men, 2018
“Like Mike, my son was walking too, and never made it to where he was walking to. Moments when you feel God's the only one who can walk you through so you pray He be merciful enough to walk with you.”
---The [Ferguson] Files, 2016


“And by the time all the blood has dried up, at exactly the moment the four horsemen ride up, you'll see a new breed of man rise up, as blessings from the King overunneth my cup."
---Made Men, forthcoming 2020



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