Steven G Fullwood

Steven G Fullwood is a documentarian, archivist and writer. He is the co-founder of the Nomadic Archivists Project, an initiative that partners with organizations, institutions, and individuals to establish, preserve, and enhance collections that explore the African Diasporic experience. His published works include Black Gay Genius (2014), To Be Left with the Body (2008), and Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books (2007). He is the former assistant curator of the Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 1998, he founded the In the Life Archive (ITLA) to aid in the preservation of materials produced by LGBTQ people of African descent housed at the Schomburg Center.

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I Can’t Get Next to You: On Prince’s Love Symbol Album

Prince’s 14th album, Love Symbol, is a playful, engaging, yet detached work that not only predates his fight to obtain his master recordings from Warner Bros, but also anticipates the focus, quality, and atmosphere of his commercially released music thereafter. Explored in this presentation are the ways in which women, Blackness, community, loneliness, and desire are rendered as Love Symbol’s visual and sonic dynamics.