The theme of the Black family intersects with all aspects of life and can be discussed through a humanities, social science, and scientific lens. Below are selected areas of interest.
- Mass Incarceration
- Religious Practices/Spirituality
- Media Representation
- Slavery, sugar, and the African American family structure by Graziella Bertocchi, Arcangelo Dimico in Vox EU (12 June 2020) (article)
- Sapelo Square intervenes in the marginalization and erasure of Black Muslims in the public square by building an online forum that places Black Muslims at the center. Our mission is to celebrate and analyze the experiences of Black Muslims in the United States to create new understandings of who they are, what they have done, and whythat matters. (website)
- African-American and White Families Lived Side By Side in the Early 1900s Mining Town of Buxton, Iowa. Iowa Pathways. (video)
- Passing: A Family in Black & White: For decades, African American comedian and filmmaker Robin Cloud had heard tales about the “Nebraska cousins,” a branch of her family that moved away from the East Coast to pass for white in the rural Midwest. In this six-part series, Cloud attempts to find and understand the motives of the relatives who left everything and everyone else behind, and documents how their progeny grapple with the revelation that they aren’t who they thought they were. (video)
- On Long Island, a Beachfront Haven for Black Families in NY Times Magazine (article-a subscription is needed)
- African American Roots in the Delta by Arkansas Delta Byways (article)
- Western, Bruce, and Christopher Wildeman. “The Black Family and Mass Incarceration.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 621, no. 1 (January 2009): 221–42. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002716208324850. (article)
- Perry AR, Bright M. African American fathers and incarceration: paternal involvement and child outcomes. Soc Work Public Health. 2012;27(1-2):187-203. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2011.629856. PMID: 22239385. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22239385/ . (article)
- The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Ta-Nehisi Coates from the Atlantic (October 2015) (article)
- Impacts of Incarceration on the African American Family by R. Robin Miller (book)
- Doing Time on the Outside: Incarceration and Family Life in Urban America by Donald Braman (book)
- African American Women with Incarcerated Mates: The Psychological and Social Impacts of Mass Imprisonment by Avon Hart-Johnson (book)
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (book)
- Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women In Prison by Paula Johnson (book)
- Families and Mass Incarceration publication by the Sentencing Project (online publication)
- California Innocence Project (website)
Young Adult Works
- One Of The Good Ones’ Tackles Police Violence, Young Adulthood and Sisterhood (interview with the author)
- The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
- Addressing the African American Achievement Gap: Three Leading Educators Issue a Call to Action by Barbara T. Bowman, James P. Comer, and David J. Johns from National Association for the Education of Young Children (May 2018). (article)
- The Healing Power of Black Storytelling from ChildSavers (article)
- African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness. Edited by Milton C. Sernett. United Kingdom: Duke University Press, 1999.
- Glaude, Eddie S.. African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Chireau, Yvonne P. Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition. United Kingdom: University of California Press, 2006.
If you have a hospital and/or medical university in your city and/or region consider reaching out to them to see what research is being done around African Americans.
- Lyles, M R, and J H Carter. “Myths and strengths of the black family: a historical and sociological contribution to family therapy.” Journal of the National Medical Association vol. 74,11 (1982): 1119-23. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2561359/ (article)
- COVID-19 and Race: Double jeopardy: The Intersection of Race and Age from Washington University in St. Louis’s Institute for Public Health (article)
- Black Families Research Group (UMD)
- The Family and Community Health Study (FACHS)-University of Georgia
- Mays, Vickie M., Linda M. Chatters, Susan D. Cochran, and Joanna Mackness. “African American Families in Diversity: Gay Men and Lesbians as Participants in Family Networks.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies 29, no. 1 (1998): 73-87. Accessed January 11, 2021. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41603547. (article)
- Balsam, Kimberly F et al. “Measuring multiple minority stress: the LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale.” Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology vol. 17,2 (2011): 163-174. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4059824 (article)
- Sandra L. Barnes. “Romantic and Familial Relationships with Black Males: Implications of the Cinderella Complex and Prince Charming Ideal.” Black Women, Gender Families 3, no. 2 (2009): 1-28. Accessed January 14, 2021. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/blacwomegendfami.3.2.0001.
- Black family life on television and the socialization of the African American child: images of marginality by Berry, Gordon L. (article)
- How Color of Change and Family Story Plan to Remove Bias From Black Family Narratives in the Media by Danielle Turchiano in Variety (article)
- The Changing Image of the Black in Children’s Literature by Augusta Baker (article)
- 7 facts about black Americans and the news media from Pew Research Center (article)
- Racism: Dismantling the System | Justice for Us All: This conversation focuses on Black representation in mainstream media outlets, as journalists and decision-makers are paramount in the continued fight for racial equity and social justice. (video)
- The State of Diversity in the Media: A Field Analysis by Taylor Harris from the Democracy Fund (article)
- Nielsen’s Diverse Intelligence Series: offers comprehensive reports that focus solely on diverse consumers’ unique media, consumption and purchasing habits. The series has become an industry resource to help brands better understand and reach ethnic customers. (reports)
- Black Storytelling in 2019 from Film School Rejects (article)
- Souls Grown Deep Foundation & Community Partnership are dedicated to promoting the work of African American artists from the South, and supporting their communities by fostering economic empowerment, racial and social justice, and educational advancement. (website)
- Black Family…Black Music…Black History! on djrobblog.com, where music news and trivia live! This music blogsite will cover various aspects of popular music from the early 20th century to now. I hope you enjoy the articles and commentary, special countdowns, playlists (via Spotify), along with other soon-to-be-added features. (blog post)
- Musical Movements: Impact, Influence and Issues (article)
- Moore, Marvelene C. (2013). The musical culture of African American children in Tennessee. In P. S. Campbell & T. Wiggens (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of children’s musical cultures. (pp. 350–367). Oxford: Oxford University Press. (article)
- Blake, Reynard N., Jr. Bring Tha’ Noize: A Look at Hip-Hop, Black Families. Michigan Family Review. http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mfr.4919087.0008.105. (article)
- Ramsey, Guthrie P. Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop. United Kingdom: University of California Press, 2004. (book)
- Harlem Renaissance. History.com. (article)
- Rhiannon Giddens Is Reclaiming the Black Heritage of American Folk Music (article)
Land and Food
- Black Family Land Trust, Inc. (BFLT) incorporated in 2004 and based in North Carolina, is one of the nation’s only conservation land trust dedicated to the preservation and protection of African-American and other historically underserved landowners assets. The BFLT utilizes the core principles of land conservation and land-based community economic development to achieve our goals. We measurably improve the quality of life for landowners, by providing families with the tools necessary to make informed, proactive decisions regarding their land and its use. The BFLT works primarily in the Southeastern United States, our programs are intergenerational in their design. We honor the legacy of those stewards of the land that came before us and have faith in those stewards of the land that will come after us. (website)
- OASIS (Oldways Africana Soup In Stories) is a celebratory anthology of culturally-informed soup recipes that seeks to foster and expand conversation about nutritional knowledge and Black women’s wellness.