Author Archive for Maya Rhodan

How a Howard Professor Resurrected Lost D.C. Evangelist Film Hellbound Train

More than 80 years ago,  James Gist was pretty sure all his neighbors were going to hell.
That's why, in the 1920s and 1930s, the Christian evangelist filmmaker and his wife Eloyce visited black churches and meeting halls in Washington, D.C., where they screened their bible-thumping movies in the hopes of spurring their peers to abandon [...]

Baratunde Thurston on How to Be Black

Once, when comedian and author Baratunde Thurston was drinking at a bar in New York City, a woman sat next to him and struck up a conversation. “What do you do?” she asked.
“I work for The Onion,” said Thurston, who's the satirical news organization’s digital director.
“Where do you live?”
“And before that?”
Boston, responded Thurston, who studied philosophy [...]