The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies

Contact Editor: Tashia Bradley

Senior Associate Dean of Students and Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Programs at Colby College


Griot Definition
(noun) a member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.
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The Griot:The Journal of African American Studies is an interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal that accepts submissions from scholars across the nation and the diaspora. The journal covers a range of issues related to Black life and culture world wide. Each issue also features contemporary poetry and book reviews.  We welcome your submissions and inquires. 

Andrew Baskin -Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and General Studies

Dr. Baskin retired as editor of the Griot in Spring 2018 after 32 years as editor. The association wishes to thank him for his years of service and his commitment to professional development and  scholarship.

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Spring 2018 Issue

Retiring the Old

"In ancient Africa..."Griots" were the counselors of kings. They conserved the constitutions of kingdoms by memory alone...It was from among the griots that kings used to choose the tutors for young princes...For want of archives (they) recorded the customs, traditions, and governmental principles of kings."
Sundiata, Djibril T. Naine

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THE GRIOT: The Journal of African American Studies

Volume 37 Number 1 Spring 2018


I. Body Image, Weight Satisfaction, and Dietary Behaviors among African American Women in West Virginia-A Focus Group Study  Jenelle N. Robinson and Jian Jones

II. The Impact of Vocabulary Development When Examining  Socio-Economic Variables of African American Preschoolers Dena Lacy McQuitty

III. Barriers to Successful Fatherhood Among African American Men Darren D. Moore, Breia Jefferson, and Joslyn Armstrong

IV. POETRY  -Kerry Brackett  - Mwatabu S. Okantah  - Leonard A. Slade, Jr.  - Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

V. The Tigerbelles of Tennessee State University: Race, Gender, and the  1964 Tokyo Olympic Games  Yu Sasaki

VI. Establishing Ground Zero for African American History through Art:  The Murals of Hannah Hall at Texas Southern University James H. Ford, Jr.

VII. Book Reviews

Dangerous Subjects: James D. Saules and the Rise of Black Exclusion in  Oregon.  Reviewer: Emily D. Moses

Re-Writing Pasts Imagining Futures: Critical Explorations of Contempo- rary African Fiction and Theater.  Reviewer: David Basena

David Fagen: Turncoat Hero.  Reviewer: Christina E. Gusella

In 2016 the organization retired the old journal cover and released the new cover design. (above)

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