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Victor Anderson is Oberlin Theological School Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University. He teaches and writes in Western ethics, American philosophy and religious thought, and African American religious and cultural studies. His books include Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay on African American Religious and Cultural Criticism (1995), Pragmatic Theology: Negotiating the Intersections of an American Philosophy of Religion and Public Theology (1998), and Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience (2008).

Terrance Dean is an assistant professor of Black studies at Denison University. His research interests include gender, sex, sexuality, African American religion, religious rhetoric and communication, African diaspora studies, Black cultural studies, James Baldwin, and Afrofuturism. Dean coedited a special volume issue dedicated to Afrofuturism for Black Theology: An International Journal. The special issue of Afrofuturism in Black Theology: Race, Gender, Sexuality and the State of Black Religion in the Black Metropolis also features an essay by Dr. Dean titled “Fire This Time: James Baldwin, Futurity, and a Call and Response.” In the area of black popular culture, Dean is the author of the Essence magazine best-seller Hiding in Hip Hop—On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood (2008). His other titles include Reclaim Your Power! A 30-Day Guide to Hope, Healing and Inspiration for Men of Color (2003); Straight from Your Gay Best Friend—The Straight-Up Truth About Relationships, Love, and Having A Fabulous Life (2010); “The Intern” in Visible Lives: Three Stories in Tribute to E. Lynn Harris, (2010); and his fiction debut novel, MOGUL (2011).

Jennifer DeClue is an assistant professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. She earned her doctorate in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California and has been teaching at Smith College since 2015. Her research interests include archival study, black feminist thought, queer of color critique, avant-garde film, and performance theory. Her work has been published in the critical anthologies No Tea No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, Sisters in the Life: A History of Out African American Lesbian Media-Making, and Spectatorship: Shifting Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Media. She has published articles in Transgender Studies Quarterly and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her current book project, Visitation: Toward A Black Feminist Avant-Garde Cinema, analyzes short films made by black women filmmakers who, through their engagement with archival documents and avant-garde cinematic techniques, conjure new ways of seeing black women and produce a black feminist avant-garde film tradition. In the 2019–2020 academic year she had the honor of being an American Association of University Women Fellow and a Scholar-in-Residence Fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

E. Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of performance studies and African American studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (2003), Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History (2008), Black. Queer. Southern. Women. —An Oral History (2018), and Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women (2019), as well as several edited and co-edited volumes.

Dwight A. McBride is president and university professor at The New School. Prior to his time at The New School, he served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory, and served as Dean of the graduate school and associate provost for graduate education, as well as the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University. McBride has published award-winning books, essays, articles, and edited volumes that examine connections between race theory, black studies, and identity politics. He is the editor of James Baldwin Now (1999), and co-editor of a special issue of Callaloo: A Journal of African-American and African Arts and Letters entitled “Plum Nelly: New Essays in Black Queer Studies” (2000). McBride’s other works include Impossible Witnesses: Truth, Abolitionism, and Slave Testimony (2002), Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Sexual African American Fiction (2011), and Why I...

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ISSN
2165-1612
Print ISSN
2165-1604
Pages
pp. 61-64
Launched on MUSE
2020-11-09
Open Access
No
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