Just Dance, Part II: The Hammer

In my last essay on dancing, you may have noticed one glaring omission: MC Hammer. I did not exclude MC Hammer because I think he’s unimportant. Instead, I wanted to devote an entire essay to him. Hammer was unarguably a great dancer and entertainer. But his story is about much more than that. We didn’t […]

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Just Dance, Part I

Historically, Black Americans have excelled at the art of dance. Black American males had a storied history with dance, delighting in performing. As a child, I grew up watching black-and-white videos of The Temptations. Grandma and Mama fawned over them in their pristine suits, elegantly stepping in sync. Their smooth coordination was spellbinding. I understood […]

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Not Our Ancestors

It is so hot out. Despite the 90+ degree weather that Saturday morning, I was determined to complete my bike ride. My husband and I left at 9 AM, planning to ride for two hours until the sun reached its zenith. The plan worked, and we were finished with our ride before 11:30. However, the […]

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