Andy Anderson: Academic Technology Specialist for Mathematical and Spatial Data Analysis Amal Buford: Sound Designer, Sound Engineer Sheila Chukwulozie: Implementation Assistant Melissa Korteweg: Web Implementation Assistant Marisa Parham: Web Designer, Server Management Andrew Smith: VR / 360 Developer, Team Manager Frank Tavares: Photo Design Manager Support for this project also provided by the IRLhumanities Lab, […]


This project has been the greatest labor of love to my borough, Brooklyn, and the beautiful black people that live there. And it could not be completed without years worth of love and support and encouragement from my great-grandmother, Vashty Aulder. She has incessantly imparted, “mus’ tek in ya education,” probably before I even understood […]

Endnotes & Works Cited

Endnotes [1] These sources include history texts but are not limited to popular writing, textbooks on history. [2] Dolores Hayden, The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History (Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2006), 13. [3] Nicola King, Memory, Narrative, Identity: Remembering the Self (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000), 15. [4] Leonard Bernardo and Jennifer […]

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Race and DH: Pre- and Post-Production of Digital Work

“As scholars of the digital humanities, we must also acknowledge the complicity of technology in creating and magnifying inequalities.” – Roopi Karisam⁠1 In a space where black people have leveraged digital platforms to reclaim stories of societal contributions and cultural production (Black Twitter⁠2, chat rooms, blogs, web pages, all the rising and shining stars on […]

Who is Black Brooklyn?

Black homeowners. Black business owners. Black residents. Black school children. Black squatters. Black revelers. Black slaves. Free black people. Black migrant workers. Black immigrants. Black Africans. Black African-Americans. Black West-Indians. Black people who have achieved all and achieved nothing. Black dreamers. Black builders. Blacks who have forgotten all and have been forgotten. Black dancers. Black […]

Importance of Memory

“The past still exists, ‘somewhere’ to be rediscovered by the remembering subject.”⁠1 – Nicola King As the sources on reclaiming and respecting silence detail, silence is multifaceted and does not solely have to live in adverse spaces. Silence is a form of resistance. It is a communication strategy focused on body language, brilliantly juxtaposed against […]

Optional Silence

Black Brooklyn has produced a deliberate silence—silence found favorable for its collective resistance and psychological benefits⁠1. “On Working with Opaque Silence in Group Psychotherapy” addresses this intentional silence, citing its origins as trauma and loss while exploring the phenomenon of the termed “opaque silence.” This opaque silence is particularly deep and impenetrable and when not […]

Oppressive Silence

“Previous dismissal as a ‘tragic’ or ‘peculiar’ aberration was part of the construction of America as an ‘innocent future’ in which ‘the past is absent or… romanticized.’”⁠1 – Nicola King A large element of oppressive silence is lived and accumulated over time. The silence originates from racist and exclusionary practices. It lingers in the United […]

Silence: Immateriality and Recovery

“No silence exists that is not pregnant with sound.” (Cage 1959: 135) Silence in Black Brooklyn The virtue of silence is undeniable. An eerie juxtaposition against a world where noise narrates the story of life, silence bears an intrinsic commemorating essence. And yet, it lingers in death and stories of the fallen—“Let’s observe a moment […]