Our current issue of the Journal (issue 2 of volume 5) features a roundtable on Africana religious music. Articles by Harcourt Fuller, Anthony Merritt, Joseph Winters, and Katie Young offer a fresh and insightful analysis of Africana soundscapes ranging from the musicological formations of Jamaica to those of Ghana, reaching from early Maroon history to the contemporary rhythms of hip-hop. In addition, several research articles also feature in this issue. Claudrena Harold offers a study of the gospel artist James Cleveland. The complex philosophical history of African Islam comes to fore in a ground-breaking article by Oludamini Ogunnaike. Adriaan Van Klinken examines the intersection of Africana religions and LGBT communities. Also of interest is Alexis S. Wells-Oghoghomeh’s study of religion and gendered trans-sense in the history of enslaved Blacks in the US South. We are delighted to offer such a rich and innovative display of research to our readers.