Issue 115

Transition 115 finds us ‘Mad.’ The issue looks at connections between blackness and psychology, examining Richard Wright’s attempts to bring clinical psychotherapy to Harlem and revealing the links between schizophrenia and fears of black “psychos.”

As Ferguson becomes the latest community to rage against the state-sanctioned murder of unarmed black men, we ask what James Baldwin and Stokely Carmichael might have to tell us about why African Americans continue to be pushed to the margins of American society. We also look at the marginalized community of black Palestinians, doubly imperiled by Israeli slaughter and internal racism.

And on a lighter note, we explore music and art that we’re mad about—from Otis Redding and Vijay Iyer to Kara Walker and Christopher Cozier. This issue of Transition gets mad angry, mad crazy, and mad cool.

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Featured Article:
Related Somehow to Africa: Black Palestinians and the Search for Shared Identity        #OpenAccess

by jewel bush   
bush shares insights about global blackness gained through her friendship with Samra, a member of the marginalized and oft-mistreated community of black Palestinians.     



Contributors: Derrick Adams, Bart Babinski, jewel bush, Christopher Cozier, Gerhard Gscheidle, Robin Hammond, Frederick C. Harris, Justin Hopkins, Anthony Hopson, Vijay Iyer, Peniel E. Joseph, Catherine Keyser, Krishna Lewis, Gabriel N. Mendes, Jonathan Metzl, Kabu Okai-Davies, Lara Stein Pardo, Gordon Parks, James Pate, Carina del Valle Schorske, Robert Shetterly, Kara Walker, Yohuru Williams, Irene Yoon.