Express Yourself: Sexual Expression in Black Women Across Class Boundaries

For many African American women, their sexual expression and the perception of their bodies by others has not been historically theirs to own. With stereotypes such as the view as an overtly sexual being such as the “Jezebel” having followed them for centuries past and present, African American women struggle to express their sexual freedom. […]

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Contemporary Blues Women

Last week we discussed the legacy of Blues women, and contemporary feminists who use music as a vehicle to combat ideas about womanhood. Here, my goal is to provide an example for how I believe the legacy of Blues women is manifested in contemporary music. Last week I asserted: “…I don’t see any parallels between […]

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“Cuz if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it”

In reading Angela Davis’s fascinating account of female empowerment through blues in Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, I had to wonder…what is the current state of African American, female-driven songs? After doing a little research, which by no means is inclusive or in any way scientific (i.e. […]

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