Beyonce and Black Femininity: Personal V. Political

Beyonce and Black Femininity: Personal V. Political

Personal v. Political  Perhaps one of the greatest lessons learned during my graduate career, is the difference between feeling politically or personally affected by something. As a black woman, much of the personal is in fact political, but this does not mean that you must refrain from liking something in order to be critical of [...]

Red beans and Rice Didn’t Miss Her: The Appropriation of the Black Female Body

Red beans and Rice Didn’t Miss Her: The Appropriation of the Black Female Body

While twerking isn't anything new, its recent popularity, marks yet another black trend that becomes mainstream when whites and non blacks begin doing it. Taylor Swift's new video for "Shake it Off" depicts the consistency of defining white sexuality through black female bodies. Swift's video displayed a contrast of traditional and contemporary dance, most notably [...]