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Meridians (2018) 16 (1): 39–48.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Wendy Thompson Taiwo Abstract In this personal essay, the author analyzes what it means to be black and Asian American in a nation where racial capital determines social value and non-black immigrants are encouraged to uphold and abide by anti-black systems, policies, and practices. Narrating her...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 236–260.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Shanara R. Reid-Brinkley Abstract In the late fall of 2004, following the media spectacle created by Spelman College's protest of the misogyny and sexism in the music and videos of rapper Nelly, Essence, a popular black women's magazine, began a campaign to raise awareness. Arguing that a more...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 427–452.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Robert J. Patterson Abstract This article examines the official Black Lives Matter Movement (the Black Lives Matter Global Network) as a point of departure to argue that Black Lives Matter (BLM) in general expands our epistemological framework for thinking about black freedom movements, black...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (2): 71–87.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Christen Anne Smith Abstract Black woman, scholar, and visionary—Beatriz Nascimento was a critical figure in Brazil's Black Movement until her untimely death in 1995. Although she published only a handful of articles before she died and left only a few other recorded thoughts, her ideas about...
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Meridians (2016) 15 (1): 86–105.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Kia M. Q. Hall Abstract What is the role of feminist scholar-activists in contemporary Black freedom movements such as Black Lives Matter? This article proposes a Transnational Black Feminist framework as a theoretical complement to grassroots activism in Black communities. The proposed framework...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 82–96.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Amani Morrison Abstract In the United States, black hair—that is, the hair of African-descended peoples—has a long and fraught political, economic, and social history that informs its contemporary reception: at the interstices of self-making, aesthetic expression, and respectability politics, black...
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Meridians (2002) 2 (2): 101–125.
Published: 01 March 2002
... of consciousness," one which necessitates the "forgetting of the older consciousness" and the simultaneous creation ofits own narrative (Anderson 1991, xiv). Given this definition, we might see the products of the Black Arts Movement-which William L. Van Deburg has called the "spiritual sister" of the Black Power...
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Meridians (2003) 3 (2): 171–203.
Published: 01 March 2003
... with bringing sexism to light in the Black community in the broadest sense, he nevertheless dubbed Black Macho"an elusive work [whose] pages offer autobiography, historical information, sociology, and mere opinion dressed up to resemble analysis. It is a polemic, seriously felt, sometimes scathing, often...
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Meridians (2006) 7 (1): 214–221.
Published: 01 September 2006
...,transnationalism2006, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 214-221] ©2006 by Smith College. All rights reserved. 214 that had never seen one before. While I deliberated Dr. Deas and daddy caught up on the news of the day. They were close friends. They were young black professional men in small town America with growing families. We...
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Meridians (2006) 7 (1): 38–68.
Published: 01 September 2006
...Winnifred Brown-Glaude Copyright © 2006 by Smith College 2006 WINNIFRED BROWN-GLAUDE SizeMatters:FiguringGenderin the (Black)JamaicanNation In August 2003 the RedemptionSongmonument was unveiled to the Jamaican public. Located at the entrance to the newly constructed Emancipation Park...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 261–292.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Mireille Miller-Young Abstract Hip-hop pornography propels the conventions of the nearly soft-core hip-hop video to the extreme, the explicit, the hard-core. The convergence of the outlaw cultures of hip-hop and pornography offers a compelling narrative about how black sexual subjects define...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 180–204.
Published: 01 September 2008
... and Blige's work, I examine the politics of black women's pop music culture in relation to the Gulf Coast catastrophe and the extreme marginalization of black women in American sociopolitical culture. I suggest that we look closely at the musical performances of Beyoncé as well as Blige, as each artist's work...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 19–52.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Whitney A. Peoples Abstract This essay seeks to explore the sociopolitical objectives of hip-hop feminism, to address the generational ruptures that those very objectives reveal, and to explore the practical and theoretical qualities that second- and third-wave generations of black feminists have...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 53–73.
Published: 01 September 2008
... relationship to hip-hop has been both a reflection of and influence upon understandings of race, gender, and sexuality for a generation of queer feminists of color. In this paper, I examine how her emergence and popularity mark an important political and ideological moment for queer Black women in the post...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 74–92.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Anaya McMurray Abstract “Black Muslim women and hip-hop? . . . real Muslims don't listen to hip-hop.” For many it is almost unfathomable that black Muslim women would have any involvement with hip-hop music. While several scholars have explored the connections between hip-hop and Islam, hip-hop...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (2): 166–176.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Frances M. Beal Copyright © 2008 by Smith College 2008 FRANCES M. BEAL 1 DoubleJeopardy ToBeBlackandFemale In attempting to analyze the situation of the black woman in America, one crashes abruptly into a solid wall of grave misconceptions, outright distortions of fact and defensive attitudes...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (2): 49–63.
Published: 01 March 2008
... on mats, sang of grace that slips through black water to a country that has no shore. Howeverhardyourow,Jehovah isa sunwithoutsource. Hewill.floodyouwith li9ht. At your open grave three priests beckoned me. The oldest child, I had to cover your eyes. I bent over your body, drew out pale muslin, folded...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (2): 95–115.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Grace Kyungwon Hong Abstract Taking as its point of departure an essay published in 1994 by renowned Black feminist Barbara Christian, this paper examines the U.S. university as a crucial site for contemporary transnational capital's management of race. The university adapts to the new demands...
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Meridians (2009) 9 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Julia Sudbury Abstract This article examines the experiences of black, gender-oppressed women, and transgender activists in the anti-prison movement in the U.S. and Canada. By foregrounding the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming activists, the author makes visible the reality...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (2): 343–350.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Shawn Arango Ricks Abstract This paper will discuss how the lens through which Black women view narratives of trauma and resiliency problematizes healing. Lessons learned via elders on how to view and situate themselves within the world can lead to living in a state of “normalized chaos...