Category: jackie ormes


August 28, 2020

On Saturday August 29, 2020, I awoke and checked my phone. The notification from one of the news services told me that Chadwick Boseman had passes away of cancer at the age of 43. In 2016, he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. He did not speak publicly about the diagnosis, and over the course of the next four years he filmed various … Read More August 28, 2020

Lorraine Hansberry “A Raisin in the Sun” Lecture: Part II

Last post, I wrote about the first part of my lecture for Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. I discussed the ways that I connected Hansberry’s play to the rest of the course, specifically to John Hector St. John de Crèvecœur, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. As well, I looked at the importance of Hansberry’s play … Read More Lorraine Hansberry “A Raisin in the Sun” Lecture: Part II


Reflections on 2018

Note, Interminable Rambling will be on break for the next two weeks. Check back on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, for new posts. I never really know what I have accomplished, or not accomplished, until I turn my gaze backward. Over the past year, a lot has happened. I moved to Norway, with my family, for a year. I’ve traveled more in the past few … Read More Reflections on 2018


Jackie Ormes, the FBI, and “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger”

A few months ago, I wrote about Jackie Ormes’ Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger single panel gags that appeared in the Pittsburgh Courier. In preparation for a talk I am giving on comics and race, I started looking back at some of these panels and read Nancy Goldstein’s and Deborah Whaley’s discussions of Ormes and her various comic strips and panels. Today, I want to take … Read More Jackie Ormes, the FBI, and “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger”


Jackie Ormes’ “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” Part 3

In the past two posts, I have written about a few of installments of Jackie Ormes’ Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger. (You can find these posts here and here.) Today, I want to wrap up my discussion of Ormes’ strip by examining one final panel. As I did in the previous post, I want to think about these panels in a broader pedagogical conversation, thinking about … Read More Jackie Ormes’ “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” Part 3


Jackie Ormes’ “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” Part 2

Last post, I wrote about a couple of Jackie Ormes’ Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger one panel gags that appeared in the Pittsburgh Courier from the late 1940s through the mid-1950s. Over the next couple of posts, I want to take the time and explore a few more and how teachers can incorporate these images in the classroom along with texts by authors such as Gwendolyn … Read More Jackie Ormes’ “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” Part 2

Jackie Ormes’ “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” Part 1

Over her career, Jackie Ormes produced four comics for newspapers such as the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender. Continually hitting up the journalistic glass ceiling in the early to mid-1900s, Ormes, along with her newspaper pieces on fashion, sports, and other topics, penned comics that tackled the political issues facing African Americans, and specifically African American women, during the period: Torchy Brown (1930s), … Read More Jackie Ormes’ “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” Part 1