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Critics have their purposes, and they’re supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what they did.
—Duke Ellington, Music Is My Mistress

For more than a decade my primary intellectual preoccupation has been to widen the world of ideas of critical theory. Although critical theory has long been associated with the Frankfurt School, and specifically the intellectual lives and legacies of Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Erich Fromm, Jurgen Habermas, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse, the names and contributions of several other significant critical social theorists have been recently raised. For instances, my first book, W. E. B. Du Bois and the Problems of the Twenty-First Century (2007), explored Du Bois and Africana Studies’ contributions to critical theory. It endeavored to innovatively demonstrate the ways in which Du Bois’s transdisciplinary discourse contributes to the deconstruction and reconstruction of the intellectual history and history of ideas of “conventional” or “classical” critical theory, by bringing “classical”
critical theory into deep discursive dialogue with Du Bois’s distinct contributions to: philosophy of race, sociology of race, psychology of race, anthropology of race, history of race, and critical race theory; Pan-Africanism, anti-colonialism, decolonization
theory, and critical postcolonial theory; black Marxism, black nationalism, and other brands of black radicalism; and, black feminism, womanism, and the Black Women’s Club Movement (specifically the National Association of Colored Women
and, later, the National Council of Negro Women).
My second book, Du Bois’s Dialectics: Black Radical Politics and the Reconstruction of Critical Social Theory (2008), shifted the focus from extending and expanding the intellectual and political discourse(s) of classical critical theory, by accenting and analyzing

Du Bois and Africana Studies’ often-overlooked contributions, to broadening the base of contemporary or “new” critical theory, by bringing it into dialogue with Du Bois and Africana Studies discourse. In both of my previous books, therefore,

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