Eddie S. Glaude's book Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award! The NAACP Image Award is an accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature. Voting is now open to NAACP members to determine the winners of the 48th NAACP Image Awards.
Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu won the African Studies Association Herskovits Prize for his book Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in 20th-Century Nigeria. The Melville J. Herskovits Award is an annual award given by the African Studies Association to the best scholarly work (including translations) on Africa published in English in the previous year and distributed in the United States. This is the most prestigious prize in any discipline pertaining to African studies, with award winners going back to the 1960s.
Princeton University senior Aaron Robertson has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. He is among the 32 American recipients of the prestigious fellowships, which fund two to three years of graduate study at Oxford. Robertson, of Redford, Michigan, is concentrating in Italian (in the Department of French and Italian) and pursuing a certificate in African American Studies. At Oxford, he plans to pursue an M.Phil. in modern languages.
The next president will have to face growing economic precarity for a large portion of the American public. In fact, many other pressing issues — immigration, race, policing and incarceration, and gender equity — are shaped in some significant measure by the fact that substantial swaths of our population live in actual or near poverty conditions and face downward mobility and persistent under-employment. Not only does it mean that the American Dream has grown even more elusive, it drives competition, racial animus and resentment, underground economies and deep anxieties about masculinity and traditional manhood ideals.