A Fantastic Journey It Is

“When they confront race and gender stereotypes, black women are standing in a crooked room, and they have to figure out which way is up…It can be hard to stand up straight in a crooked room.” [1]  To combat the world in the crooked room, Black women have used many outlets to raise self-consciousness and […]

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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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Hide/Seek at the Brooklyn Museum

Last spring, one of my students blogged about the groundbreaking exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery.  At the time, I was following with great interest the controversy that surrounded Hide/Seek when Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough decided to pull David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from the […]

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