The Black Vernacular

Bertram Ashe

Bert Ashe, a professor of English, teaches a course called "The Black Vernacular," which he discusses in this Back to Class Q&A featured in the August 2017 issue of Discover Richmond Magazine, produced by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Ashe's research focuses on late 20th-century and early 21st-century literature and culture. His 2015 book Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles explores issues of black male identity, the black vernacular culture, and black hair by narrating the journey of locking his hair, and it explores the history and cultural resonances of the dreadlock hairstyle in America.

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