“You may kiss your bride” – The Curious Amateur Rules Violation of Double Olympic Champion Lee Quincy Calhoun
Translating the Phenomena of Student-Athlete Retirement
At the height of research on concussions and trauma, this study aims to explore other avenues of student-athlete health by taking a narrative perspective pre- and post-play to question one’s individual sense of wellbeing. Using phenomenological investigation and an exploratory approach, this study delves deeper into the transition of student-athletes into retirement by creating a “life world” narrative. Findings from “Retirement Sucks: Translating the Division 1 Student-Athlete Experience of Retirement” were used to conduct one-on-one interviews with eight participants (three current, five retired). An open-coding method and qualitative phenomenological analysis revealed five themes that collectively explore the phenomena of transition into retirement: 1) retirement as an event; 2) time as a factor; 3) athletic identity; 4) “others” playing a role; and 5) cognitive appraisals. While these findings provide new insights, further research is needed to determine common connections between transition experiences and to identify tools and intersectional skills to help student-athletes prepare for and cope with post-play life across their entire lifespan after retirement.
Equitable Mindfulness: A Framework for Transformative Conversations in Higher Education
Background: Mindfulness, the practice of present moment experience, can be employed as a tool for grounding in difficult conversations and creating pathways for transformative change in communities.
Aim: As educators continue to teach the practices of mindfulness in primary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions to promote personal and academic wellbeing, it is important to recognize the inherent power of mindfulness practice to stimulate actions against oppressive systems, instead of continuing to support them by using curriculum focused on desensitizing individuals to that system. The outlined framework aims to create a platform for the promotion of sustained action.
Methods: This article will outline the framework and model of Equitable Mindfulness used within curricula to create containers, hold space, and begin difficult conversations about creating and sustaining diverse and inclusive spaces and strategies.
Results: Rooted in the foundations of mindfulness, the Equitable Mindfulness framework was created to promote personal and societal introspection while bridging gaps between communities and breaking down barriers against inclusive practices.
Conclusions: Researchers are continuing to collect mixed-methods data on how Equitable Mindfulness is perceived, it’s validity in the field, and its relationship to mediating difficult topics.
Seeking the Ideal African-American Interior: The Walker Residences and Salon in New York
In its headline news of November 4, 1917, the New York Times Magazine heralded the construction of a new mansion in Irvington, New York. It was to be the home of Madam CJ Walker (18674919), the first black woman” millionaire.” 1 Walker’s arrival among the elite of New York City in terms of monetary status and the groundbreaking for her new Hudson River home were genuinely newsworthy at the time and they remain so today. The daughter of former slaves, Walker had ascended from poverty to become a formidable businesswoman, and she expressed her wealth by means of philanthropy and building projects-not unlike her white counterparts. Through the program, interior design, and furnishing of her various residences, Walker’s increasing knowledge of cultural and design matters and her use of architecture to promote her business and personal goals are evident.
“The Family Business: New Research Explores How Free People of Color Built Wealth and Community Through Real Estate,” Preservation in Print, October 2018
Excerpt: “During the first half of the 19th century, the Dollioles and Souliés — two gens de couleur libres families —amassed great wealth by building, owning and managing real estate in New Orleans. Through their entrepreneurship, these two families became pillars of their communities, exerting a measure of control by free people of color not seen in other cities in the United States.”
On Madam Walker’s Architecture
Before West Campus: Rediscovery and Preservation of Wheatville’s West Campus
Tara Dudley’s essay, “Before West Campus: Rediscovery and Preservation of Wheatville’s African American Heritage,” discusses the history and remaining traces of the Black community that preceded the development of the area as a center of student life.
African-American Ownership in the 21st-Century Black Press
Abstract will be provided at publication.
CBQ Critical Reviews Long Essays: Centering Blackness and Foregrounding Black Joy in Conceptualizations of Internet Culture
Miya Williams Fayne next renders a deft explication of Black cultures online in her review of Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures by André Brock Jr.
Transitioning Mediums and Understandings: An Examination of Entertainment in the 21st Century Black Press
Journalism scholars have investigated how mainstream (typically white) news organizations are adapting to digital media, but this research has created the impression that the entire industry operates similarly. My research shows this is not the case. Although
entertainment content has significantly increased in the new media age, it affects the black press differently than mainstream media. This dissertation puts conceptualizations of entertainment, journalism, digital technology and race into conversation. In doing so it extends scholarship on the black press, which typically focuses on the history of the medium from its inception through the 1970s. By understanding entertainment’s effect on today’s black press, we gain insight into how an African-American institution has endured and evolved.