Fun Facts About Skeletons 2019

It’s back to school time and I thought it would be great to kick off the year with some fun facts about human bones. Let’s jump right in!   Human adult skeletons are made up of about 206 bones. Babies are born with about 300 bones that began to fuse and harden together at certain […]Read More

Part Three of the Black History Month Series: From NYC

This is part three (final) of the 2019 Black History Month series on two important sites- the African Burial Grounds in NYC and a tiny island called St. Helena. Sorry, it was delayed, but Black History need not be confined to a single month anyway.   The northern regions of the United States were long […]Read More

In Loving Tribute to my Rockstar Anthro Four-Legged Crew

In the month of February, I was working on a series for Black History Month. Unfortunately, midway through the series, the Rockstar Anthro Pup, died. I took a couple weeks away from writing while working things out. Before I finish the series, I wanted to write a tribute to my sweet Dexter and Alice. On […]Read More

Announcement: Black History Series: From NYC to St. Helena- The

Because World Anthropology Day and Black History Month occur in the same month, and I wanted to spend some time talking about a topic I love (re: that February holiday day about love). I decided I wanted to spend the month of February posting about two very special sites- the African Burial Grounds of NYC […]Read More

Tales From The Grave: Sacralization of the Lumbar

This is a small series that will focus on some of the types of trauma, pathology and degeneration I examined will at the Odyssey Field School in Cyprus. Please note that the images included are NOT from the actual cases that my peers and I worked on. However, the images included are accurate representations of […]Read More

Tales from the Grave: Concha Bullosa

This is a small series that will focus on some of the types of trauma, pathology, interesting variations and degeneration I examined while in Cyprus at the Odyssey Field School. Please note that the images included are NOT from the actual cases that my peers and I worked on. However, the images that are included […]Read More

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Forensic Anthropology In a

I’m super excited to write this post because it means I did something really cool! I originally had this scheduled to post two weeks after I returned, but I wanted to compare my experience to some of my friends. It’s been a couple months since I’ve returned from my internship in Limassol, Cyprus with the […]Read More

Regarding the Brooklyn Museum…

If you haven’t heard, the Brooklyn Museum recently appointed a white person to curate narratives and artifacts for African Art. And, I will admit, that I am among the folks confused about this choice. Not because I think that white folks cannot be experts in African Art, but because I considered this appointment to be […]Read More

Deviant Beauty: The Ageless Fashionista

The mass media has many functions, but one of its primary functions is to communicate social expectations or norms. The lack of older people represented in mass media can imply that aging is undesirable. George Gerbner, founder of the cultivation theory, coined the term symbolic annihilation to describe the erasure of certain identities within mass […]Read More

Deviant Beauty: “The Urban Tinkerbell”

Part Two of the “Deviant Beauty Series”     A few days after I met Krista, I sat down with Krystal- a hair stylist and artist. Although petite in size, her presence fills a room. Her hair was a whimsical shade of pink, and, like Krista, her colorful tattoos draw your eyes to her neck, […]Read More

Deviant Beauty: “The Latina Bibliophilic Feminist Bioarchaeologist”

Photography by Damari McBride Photography The sun was barely up when Krista arrived at the studio on a cold Monday morning. A bioarchaeologist and college student working towards her Ph.D., she greeted me with a big hug, even though this was our first time meeting. Her, then, chin length hair and glasses appeared conservative and […]Read More

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