No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies
Tanya L. Saunders, 2016. "Toward a Hemispheric Analysis of Black Lesbian Feminist Activism and Hip Hop Feminism: Artist Perspectives from Cuba and Brazil", No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, E. Patrick Johnson
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Tanya L. Saunders engages the black queer world-making among lesbians in Cuba and Brazil. Drawn from her experience as touring manager for a lesbian hip hop group, Saunders uses ethnographic methods to engage the ways in which black lesbians in the diaspora mobilize hip hop as a site of feminist activism. Beyond expanding the literature on queers in Cuba and Brazil—and women in particular—Saunders disavows the common logic that women and queers are invisible within hip hop. Indeed, she argues that these queer women actively integrate their African heritage, queerness, and artistry in a context where the explicit celebration of such imbricated identities—especially in Cuba and Brazil—is not the norm. Ultimately, Saunders believes that these women’s artistic and activist employment of hip hop offers a different understanding of subject formation in the African Diaspora.