Katrina Hazzard-Donald’s Mojo Workin’: The Old African American Hoodoo System is a rich, academic study of Hoodoo, tracing the religion’s root back to the tribal people of Africa who were forcibly brought to America as slaves. They relied on their religious belief system, including charms and mojo bags to (successfully) protect them from often cruel masters. She follows Hoodoo through watershed changes in the cultural landscape of America which wrought significant changes in African American culture, society, family structure, and religion.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday April 14, 2013 1:59 pm|
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday May 5, 2012 1:59 pm|
Going away to college is one the defining moments in anyone’s life, and for Scags Morgenstern, the heroine of Deborah Emin’s Scags at 18, her first semester at an elite Vermont college, where she’s a scholarship student, shifts her world.
Told in the first person as diary entries, Scags’ first semester expresses the questioning and discovery that comes with growing into adulthood.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday October 10, 2011 5:00 pm|
I recall how stunned I was as a teenager when I bought a used paperback copy of Fredrick Kohner’s novel Gidget with a photo of Sandra Dee on the cover. Though I had grown up with Gidget–my stepfather wrote the Gidget movies’ theme songs and incidental music, I had watched the TV show reruns as a little girl, we lived just minutes from the beach, and friends of mine surfed–I didn’t know that Gidget was (loosely) based on the adventures of the author’s daughter in the summer of 1956.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday January 13, 2011 11:55 am|
2010 gave us a lot to write about here at Firedoglake. From passing student loan reform, to covering the BP oil disaster, to elevating the national conversation around marijuana policy, FDL bloggers and diarists came through with amazing reporting and analysis on the wide variety of issues facing the country.
Here’s a round-up of the top 10 blog posts at Firedoglake in 2010 (based on pageviews) — feel free to share your favorite FDL posts from last year in the comments!
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday July 5, 2010 5:00 pm|
Sean Tracey’s documentary The Jesus Guy takes a look at a bearded peripatetic preacher who dresses in a white robes and engages people on street corners, in auditoriums and schoolrooms. Tracy caught up with “What’s Your Name?” (real name Carl) after his appearances on 20/20 and Good Morning America and follows him during his three year mission ministering in New Jersey.