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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 (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 (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 (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 (2005) 6 (1): 216–222.
Published: 01 September 2005
... declares her intent to "gender" Paul Gilroy's vision of the Black Atlantic by studying the "mobile working bodies of black and white women of the Americas" and including women as "cultural agents" in discourses of travel and mobility (1993). This notion of women's bodies at work and in motion is central...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (1): 81–110.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Jessica Labbé Abstract “‘Too high a price’: The ‘Terrible Honesty’ of Black Women's Work in Quicksand ” assumes a New Historical lens to understand the novel through its historical context and, inversely, to reveal a new knowledge of history and culture through Larsen's writing. The author argues...
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Meridians (2013) 11 (2): 206–210.
Published: 01 March 2013
... not instruct black schoolchildren properly. The guardsmen had stood shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the school and ordered Mr. Steward and our teachers out of the building. When the principal and teachers, elderly people who would not hurt a flea, refused to come out after repeated commands, the guardsmen...
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Meridians (2013) 11 (2): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Jennifer C. Nash Abstract This article examines the consolidation of love into a black feminist politics during second-wave feminism. By reading love-politics as both a practice of the self and a nonidentitarian strategy for constructing political communities, I argue that black feminism's love...
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Meridians (2013) 11 (2): 149–171.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Leigh Johnson Abstract This article argues that, as a tool for social justice and resistance, the concept of motherwork can be usefully applied to two texts by Chicana writers—Lucha Corpi's Black Widow's Wardrobe and Demetria Martínez's Mother Tongue . The essay draws on Patricia Hill Collins's...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 88–120.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Ayesha Hardison Abstract This essay examines black women's transition from cultural consumers to artistic producers in Martha Southgate's under-studied novel Third Girl from the Left . Analyzing the text's exploration of black women's misrepresentation in popular film and mainstream narratives...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (2): 153–155.
Published: 01 September 2014
... into giving her her freedom. Meanwhile, one of Harriet's minions, played by DeStorm Power, hides in a closet with a video camera. The video was released by Simmons's new YouTubenetwork, All Def Digital. At best, Simmons is utterly clueless about the realities of black female victimization during slavery...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (2): 169–195.
Published: 01 September 2014
... of sexual transactions as a liberatory tool for enslaved black women, responses to the digital short shed light upon uncomfortable and complicated interpretations of the role of sex, sexuality, sexual economies, and sexual violence played in black lives during chattel slavery. Situating Tubman at the center...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (1): 94–120.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Keisha-Khan Y. Perry Abstract In Brazil and throughout the African diaspora, rarely are black women, especially poor black women, considered leaders of social movements, much less political theorists. While Afro-Brazilian women are at the very heart of the struggle for urban housing and land rights...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (1): 80–83.
Published: 01 June 2016
.... Cordon of Maes de Santo (the highest authorities of Afro-Brazilian religions such as Candomble) leading off the the Black Women's March on Brasilia. 80 MERIDIANS 14 :1 Figure 2. March participants from the Northern state of Para, which has dozens of quilombocommunities-rural Black settlements often...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (1): 76–79.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Claudia Ferreira; Adriana Medeiros Copyright © 2016 Smith College 2016 CLAUDIA FERREIRA AND ADRIANA MEDEIROS Marchagainst Racism andViolenceand in Favor of LivingWell (bemviver) Brasilia2 015 1 NationalBlackWomen's March Novemberr8 MANIFESTO We are 49 million black women-in other words, 25...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (1): 148–176.
Published: 01 June 2016
.../black female bodies. As cultural artifacts, I argue that these poetic/political constructs give evidence of Afro- Brazilian female bodies as historical: on one hand, they represent the embodiment of “otherness” as they historically differ from the standards of (white) “normalcy;” on the other hand...