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Moving from a discussion of how girls make spaces, chapter 2 demonstrates how the spaces that Black girls have created have allowed informal archives of Black life to materialize. Connecting Black girls’ digital image-making to traditions of Black vernacular photography and videography along with the ways Black girls have historically used the media platforms available to them as a means of self-fashioning, it shows how Black girls use social media as a means of self-curation—a process that simultaneously involves thoughtful selection of images to share on social media and creates a sense of authority for Black girls regarding their image(s). Some might argue that self-curation encourages or facilitates a false presentation of self, but this chapter argues that Black girls’ digital practices in general force us to push back against the tendency to think of digital products as inherently unreal.

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