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.
The Great Digital Migration: Exploring What Constitutes the Black Press Online
Scholars have previously conceptualized the Black press as print publications that are owned and managed by African Americans, targeting a Black audience and advocating for the Black community. This study investigates how online producers of Black news are troubling previous definitions of the Black press. Websites that target African American readers but are owned by White media companies and Black-targeted websites that primarily produce entertainment news create ambiguity. I conclude that African American ownership and advocacy are no longer requirements for the Black press and that entertainment content is often a relevant and important component of the digital Black press.
Users with spinal cord injury experience of robotic Locomotor exoskeletons: a qualitative study of the benefits, limitations, and recommendations
Background: Persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) may experience both psychological and physiological benefits from robotic locomotor exoskeleton use, and knowledgeable users may have valuable perspectives to inform future development. The objective of this study is to gain insight into the experiences, perspectives, concerns, and suggestions on the use of robotic locomotor exoskeletons by civilians and veterans living with SCI.
The interpretation of physical activity, exercise, and sedentary behaviours by persons with multiple sclerosis
Objectives: This study adopted a qualitative research design with directed content analysis and examined the interpretations of physical activity, exercise, and sedentary behaviour by persons with multiple sclerosis.