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Books are in blue

Direct web links to essays are underlined


Signifying Nothing (Novel)



Dreams of Laura

The Threepenny Review, Summer 2009


"Table Talk" Piece

The Threepenny Review, Spring 2009


Mingus, Marcus, and Us (Jazz essay)

 The Threepenny Review, Fall 2008 — nominated for The Essay Prize


Chameleon Street (DVD review)

Cineaste, Summer 2008


On the Road to Freedom (Book review)

The Crisis, Spring 2008

Good Moments in a Tough World: The Films of Charles Burnett 

Cineaste, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2008


What Is This Thing Called Love?

 The Threepenny Review, Fall 2007


How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (Capsule movie review)

Cineaste, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2007


“Table Talk” Piece

The Threepenny Review, Spring 2007

Reprinted in Table Talk from The Threepenny Review, Counterpoint Press, 2015


On, Zadie 

The Threepenny Review, Fall 2006


Jazz Gods and Monsters 

The Threepenny Review, Spring 2006


On Unhappiness, Friendship, and Charlie Brown

The Reading Room, Issue Six, 2006




Say It Loud 

Essay on James Brown and review of Brown’s memoir

The Threepenny Review, Fall 2005


For Bean

The Threepenny Review, Fall 2004


African Americans in Cinema: The First Half Century

 Cineaste, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2004



Tribute to Rudolph Fisher 

Black Issues Book Review, May-June 2003


For Dean

The Threepenny Review, Spring 2003

Call Him . . . Ishmael (Cover story on Ishmael Reed)

Black Issues Book Review, January-February 2003


“Ali" (Movie review)

Film Quarterly, Summer 2002


Chester Himes and the Test of Time

Paperback Parade, No. 58, 2002


How I Became Black

 The Reading Room, Issue Four, 2002


Almost There 

The Threepenny Review, Spring 2002

Selected for inclusion in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 232, 2007


Monster’s Ball (Movie review)

Cineaste, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2002


Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth

Book review and interview with author, Derrick Bell

Black Issues Book Review, September-October 2002


Revenge of the Nerd: A Look at Black Exploitation Films

The Iowa Review, 2002


"Burning All Illusions: Writings from the Nation on Race" (Book review)

Black Issues Book Review, September-October 2002


"Yet a Stranger: Why Black Americans Still Don’t Feel at Home" (Book review)

Black Issues Book Review, July-August 2002


"The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader" (Book review)

 Black Issues Book Review, May-June 2002


Miracle at St. Anna (Book review)

Black Issues Book Review, March-April 2002


Memories of an Ex-would-be Cartoonist

The Threepenny Review, Summer 2001


"Returning the Gaze: A Genealogy of Black Film Criticism" (Book review)

Cineaste, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2001


St. Clair Bourne: Documenting the African-American Experience (Essay and interview)

Cineaste, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2001


“Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten” (Book review)

Black Issues Book Review, May-June 2001


Petty Cash (short story)

Apalachee Review, No. 49, Spring 2001


“Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray” (Book review),

Black Issues Book Review, November-December 2000

“Return of the Marksman: Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison” (Book review)

The Threepenny Review, Spring 2000

“Don’t Cry for Me: An Attack on Racial Condescension in Coverage of the Arts”

The Reading Room, Issue Two, 2000

“Homecoming” (Movie review)

Cineaste, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2000

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