African American Studies

10 Black Literary Works Every Person Should Read | List


Whether interested in learning, or just gaining more knowledge about African heritage and culture, nothing beats opening a good book. Still, with so many choices at one's disposal, deciding on a title can prove difficult.

With the help of several well read scholars and emerging millennial voices: Writer & activist  Melanie Coco Mccoy (@MelanieCoMcCoy), Hip Hop Artist & Professor, Timothy Welbeck (@TimothyWelbeck ) & Middle Tennessee State History Graduate student, Joshua Crutchfield (@Crutch4), we thought it was fitting to do so.

This list is a list ranging from fiction, non-fiction, and autobiography. From Ta-Nehisi Coates to James Baldwin, many of these authors have been the recipients of national awards in the United States. Furthermore, these ten titles have heavily contributed to contemporary narratives about the black experience across the globe.

Did you see your favorite? If not, feel free to share with us what you think should've made the list below in the comments.

1. "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

2. "Kindred" by Octavia Butler (2004)

3. "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison (1977)

4. "Coconut" by Kopano Matlwa (2008)

5. "Half Of A Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Adichie (2008)

6. "No Name in the Street" by James Baldwin (1972)

7. "Sister Outsider" by Audre Lorde  (2007)


8. "Invisble Man" by Ralph Ellison (1952)

9. "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander (2012)

10. "The Fire Next Time" By James Baldwin (1963)

 Let's make reading cool again! 

#TrustTheProcess Ep. 1


Follow a day in the life w/ Tyree!

In this episode (the first of many ) I travel across Los Angeles on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Both, to stop in to serve at my local Church and meet up with friends along the way.  I'm doing  this new series, to show you guys just how I 'Trust the process' after Grad School.

Disclaimer: It's pretty EPIC!


Why I Won't Step Back into Walmart: John Crawford & The Mess America Made


“Somebody’s going to have to explain to me how anybody goes into Walmart and ends up dead,” said John Crawford Jr., the dead man’s father.

Walmart's motto is Save Money, Live Better. However, what happens when you go in to do so and are killed in the process?

In what seems to be a compounding issue in the U.S., here we find another case completely reflective of the justice system we so proudly espouse. What we've found is a recent inductee into the pantheon of Black male lives taken by police officers without any form of recompense.

News outlets reported today that the Beaver Creek Ohio Police officer responsible for the slaying of John Crawford (22) would go without indictment by the Ohio Grand Jury. He was originally charged for murder, reckless homicide, and negligent homicide. According to the law enforcement’s version of events, Crawford failed to drop the weapon when ordered, a claim that his lawyers dispute.

Note: this is third time in five years police in this county have fatally shot someone. None have faced charges.

Having seen the surveillance video of Crawford being executed by the Beaver Creek Police officer, I can see why it was withheld for so long. It was completely nonsensical. I was left with questions:

  1. How does one deserve this?
  2. Where was the miscommunication?
  3. Isn't Ohio an Open carry state?
  4. Could this happen at my Walmart?

After this ordeal, I’ve come to the conclusion that the U.S. is a lot like Walmart. While it’s one of the leaders in bargains and products, its aisles are in desperate need of repair.

Walmart, like the U.S, doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to race and class. They both have a history of cluttered aisles, disheveled shelves, and an inordinate amount of aisle spills. In this case, it’s John Crawford’s blood that has been spilled and left for us to mop up.

If we want to see any change in this Walmart that we live in we must require more from those who work for it. Moreover, those who continue to let these spills happen while they are on the clock create even more of an issue. They enable other people to refuse to acknowledge that the messes we've all been stepping over for generations.

Temple Univ. AASD Imhotep: Graduate Student Journal

Extra, Extra Read about it!


This is very first copy of Temple Univ. African American Studies Department Imhotep Graduate Student Journal.

After being defunct for nearly a decade, the Imhotep Graduate Student Journal is officially alive and well.

This issue - appropriately entitled "Sankofa", or  The Return, - was meant to commemorate the contributions and spirit of  the existence of AASD Doctoral program at Temple for 25 years.

Revitalizing the journal was not a simple undertaking. After nearly two years of continuous editing of academic articles, identifying areas of improvement, and attending regular meetings with the Chair of the department; we were able to bring it to completion.

I'm so appreciative to have been able to be the lead editor. I'd like to send a big Thank You to Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin on the cover and Mikana Scott for her diligence and patience. As well as all the submissions. If interested in submitting or obtaining a physical copy, please feel free to email

The Corner: Episode 11| Nommo /Spoken Word


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When words collide!

Listen to this past week's show with one of Temple's finest spoken word artist's, AADS Doctoral Student, Christopher Roberts! Listen here to him blaze the Mic..

" ...Whips and Chains, Whips AND Chains..." 

What Studying for your Comprehensive Exam Looks Like...


Bad eating, Starbucks, Selfies, Stress, Breaks, and enrichment. This is what the last two months have looked like for me. After perusing what feels like hundreds of books and articles, I just got done turning in my Comprehensive exam into my department here at Temple. Six hours, two questions, one man. Can't wait to get feedback from my advisors. Graduation here I come..

The Corner: Ep. 10| What's The Word?!


Ep.10 was AWESOME! Poetry, lovely discussion and my favorite cuts.. I could get used to this. ;)

..We are the CORNER; the intersection of two points.

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An Invite from the White House...

.. So what would you do if I told you I got past White House clearance and was 60 feet away from the President of the free world?


Well, that's sort of how it went...


I must admit, when the President first entered the room there seemed to be an electricity that spanned across the auditorium as a number of dignitaries entered and sat down quickly.

Obama went into detail about his passion for My Brother's Keeper initiative and the broadening of the Health Care system. The President also went into great detail about Voter ID laws and how access to the ballot is inextricably bound to the Civil Rights Act that we are currently commemorating its 50th year.

Obama stated that "The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,". Most of the President's critique were against his Republican contemporaries and their attempts to set further restrictions against voters, some of which only reflect the bi-partisan interests.

However, against such restrictions, Obama encouraged everyone in the room that they still have a duty to participate. Without participation, "we give our power away" by becoming discouraged and staying home on Election Day.

Go out there and vote. You can make a change. You do have the power - Barack Obama


"Go out there and vote. You can make a change. You do have the power," he said. "I've had my last election, but I need you to make sure that the changes that we started continue for decades to come."

These remarks were certainly powerful and inspiring.

What an amazing experience covering the 44th President of the United States of America.


The Corner: Episode 8 | What's Love got to do with It?

..Did you miss The Corner's show last week. Don't worry we gotcha!

On the show we discussed:

- A World premiere of the show's new Intro
- A New Segment with Melanie called "Mel Tells"
- What is Love?
- & Our April Def Poetry Jam

We are #TheCorner

The Corner: Episode 7| New and Improved

..Did you miss "The Corner" yesterday?

..Don't worry, we gotcha! We had a fiery show with a lot of great dialogue, loud arguments, and lots of jokes. We discussed:

- TU Alerts - An interview with #RenewTU; Temple's newest TSG candidates - Nick Canonn's Caucasian conversion - & Kobe Bryant's controversial Trayvon Martin comments

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We are #TheCorner 📻

The Corner: Episode 6 | ”Would you do different?”

|| Listen to this week's show NOW ||

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- Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History: Women's History

- Is Chris Brown the Lindsey Lohan of Hip Hop?

- Mental Disorders within the Black Community



The Corner| Episode 5: This is How We Do It! This week, #TheCorner was hot! We went to task on a range of topics ..

Hope you enjoy and look out for us next week!


The Corner Radio


The Corner Episode 4: What is America So Afraid of?

Missed this weekend’s show?  Well here you are.

This week we discussed  "What Is America So Afraid Of? Some of the topics were..

  •  Introduction | Why is Pharrell So Amazing!| Natural Hair Community at Temple Univ.
  •  Jeopardy & Why Black Hisory is Awkward for White People
  • What is America So Afraid of : Michael Dunn, Jordan Davis & Stand Your Ground
  • Shoutouts| Beautiful Poem from Claude Mckay

Hope you enjoy and look out for us in a few weeks!


The Corner Radio

The Corner Episode 3: The State of Hip Hop w/ Professor Timothy Welbeck  

Missed this weekend's show? Well here you are.

This week we discussed the State of Hip Hop with Temple Universities own, Professor Timothy Welbeck , Professor of the course of Hip Hopcrisy: Hip Hop & Black Culture. Professor Welbeck and I went into detail about these topics:

  • Nicki Minaj’s new controversial single and her use of  Malcom X on it's over
  •  Is Hip Hop considered apart of  Black History?
  • Hip Hop: Origins, Future, Faith
  • &  Is Hip Hop still a voice  for the voiceless?

Hope you enjoy and look out for us next week!