Call for Paper: Narratives of Power

A call for papers under the new editor of the journal, Dr. Darlene Russell. ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness is rich terrain to center and elevate critical African thought, scholarship, and topics from scholars of the African Diaspora.

Deadline for Paper: December 31, 2022
Submit your paper directly to Dr. Darlene Russell at

Nobel Prize novelist, Toni Morrison once said, “I get angry about things, then go on and work.” This work involves writing, which is an act of resistance and proclamation of empowerment. As Black researchers, teachers, administrators, professionals, and community leaders, we have experienced a cornucopia of emotions in our microcosms and society at large that have catapulted us to push toward change and innovation. Attached to the push is a narrative. Narrative, derived from the Latin adjective, gnaurus and the Latin verb, narrare, means to be aware of, or having knowledge of in order to tell, relate, recount, or explain.

This issue, “Narratives of Power'' falls under the journal’s theme: “Black Epistemological Landscapes: Critically Peregrinating Our Culture, Education, Health and Selves in Racialized Contexts.” Narratives of Power serve as a conduit to what journal founder, Dr. Nkiru Nzegwu calls “transforming realities.” Narratives are lived experiences that are wrapped around philosophical and cultural positions and ontologies. In his seminal work, Kwame Gyekye, posits that “philosophy is a cultural phenomenon, that philosophical thought is grounded in a cultural experience.” Narratives are integral in the African Diaspora landscape, and encompass the intersectionality of race and gender in sociopolitical and cultural contexts. Narratives serve as a cultural axis in education, tradition preservation and knowledge acquisition. The stories are history-holders that frame our present and chart our future while connecting us to generations of the past and those not yet born.

We seek manuscripts that are robust critical narratives of challenge and change, obstacle and empowerment, and ultimately, stories that resound songs of power. Additionally, manuscripts that interrogate, agitate, and unpack the discourse around intersectionality in the academy across disciplines are encouraged. This includes discourses that challenge and counter media, stereotypes and assumptions. This issue, “Narratives of Power” aims to capture stories of personal power and perceived power across our cultural landscapes while pushing forward toward change. Auto-ethnography, ethnography, scholarly personal narratives, interviews, testimonials, podicles, essays, vignettes, conceptual analysis, mixed methods are encouraged methodologies.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Trailblazing in anti-Black spaces
Navigating the academy’s labyrinth as Black scholars
Black solidarity movements
Interrogating whiteness in “allies”/”woke” white folk
Anti-racism, Decolonization, Abolition agency
White supremacy/nationalism
Intersectionality of Continental Africans & African Americans
Fugitive and humanizing pedagogies
Black linguistic and rhetorical ontologies
Black cultural styles and identities
Celebrating the “power moves” of elders
Grassroots activism and “fruits of labor”
Pioneership in being “the first”
Community landmarks as memory and progression
Black health & hearth
Black geographies & housing
Transnational experiences across continents

Submission Information:
Submission cover page (author name(s), institution affiliation, email, and phone)
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words
Manuscripts should be no longer than 6,000 words, including notes and references
All manuscripts must follow the Chicago Style manual guidelines.
The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2022; if accepted, authors will have a two-week turnaround for revisions

All submissions will be peer-reviewed:
We invite manuscripts, which includes scholarly essays and creative works in multimodal forms - audio, video, and other digital technologies
Collaboratively composed essays or artifacts are welcomed
Only original work should be submitted and not under other publication consideration
Refer to ProudFlesh website submission guidelines submissions

For questions about submissions, please contact editor, Dr. Darlene Russell at Email submissions as Microsoft Word and PDF attachments to Darlene Russell.

Darlene Russell, William Paterson University

Editorial Board
Tabora Johnson Ferguson, Medgar Evers College
Christine Nganga, George Washington University
Kristal Langford, Rutgers University