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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 309–324.
Published: 01 November 2018
... violence from male aggressors. Yet through its reliance on certain restrictions, gendered and otherwise, the portrait of the vulnerable girl that campaigners outline inadvertently prompts disidentifications as well. Copyright © 2018 Smith College 2018 #BBOG Bring Back Our Girls girlhood hawkers...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 150–162.
Published: 01 September 2018
... Sharpe terms it, presses us to recognize that slavery and its violence is ongoing in the present, while creating space for examining resistance as well as how our own reading and observational practices might be complicit with that violence. The poetry of Dionne Brand, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Kamau...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 94–151.
Published: 01 April 2019
... birth control struggle becomes a window on the racial, gender, and economic structures black women negotiated in pursuit of sexual and reproductive self-determination at that time. Taking us back a century, and with emphasis on resilience and resistance, their story reminds us of the deep roots and...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 133–149.
Published: 01 September 2018
... 2004 ). Dove-Danquah ([1934] 2004a , 39) announces at the beginning of “The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for Mr. Shaw,” “The ‘Black Girl’ as represented by Mr. Shaw corresponds with a very old type long gone out of date. When we view the character, we feel transported back to the...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 246–268.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Back Our Girls campaign and my activist interest in combating violence against women, whether or not conflict is recognized. Contemporary Nigeria is marked by a range of conflicts and is significantly militarized as a polity. The Boko Haram insurgency in the North East is one of the more violent...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 206–226.
Published: 01 April 2019
... control, both girls bury the baby in a small garden, praying and crying with one another. After the burial, one returned to her flat and the other reported back to work. That fifteen-year-old girl was my mother. For months after the burial, the girls exchanged sad glances and secret nods, but these...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 152–160.
Published: 01 April 2019
... on so much bread as Pa brings platters of meat and olives and rice with affectionate pats and promises that all the pots are still full. In the hallway I am nine and I stand, alone, surrounded by thick, dark hair and pale olive skin, all pinned and mounted in so many frames. There are lush lips...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 279–295.
Published: 01 November 2018
... us angry and wounded. I remember us discussing the incident on our taxi ride back to the office. There could not have been any confusion; at the meeting she had explicitly introduced herself with the pronoun she and clearly presented as a woman. The only conclusion we could arrive at is that the...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 161–182.
Published: 01 April 2019
... were children growing up in the UK—we are, in fact, related since [one of] my sister[s] married his uncle and both our families go back a very long way from the Sultan period of Lahaj.” 15 Hirsi, Skype interview. 16 Hirsi, Skype interview. 17 Hirsi, Skype interview. 18 Hirsi...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 383–400.
Published: 01 November 2018
... that one is then expected to consistently live up to (Clark 2017b ). While her music is in line with many feminist ideals, she rejects the label. In her music, and in our interview, Kanyi embraces the dominant themes found in African feminism. She brings her Xhosa identity into her music and aesthetic...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 401–414.
Published: 01 November 2018
... would be there, bleating and humping. So my susu Mukuta was married and then she wasn’t and then she was again. When my mother was born, my susu Mukuta had already been unmarried. She had come back to her father’s home and moved in with my mother’s mother and her children. Our umau had given her sister...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 184–204.
Published: 01 September 2018
... Lake Pontchartrain in a ritualistic laying on of hands, a scene that recalls Shange’s pivotal choreopoem for colored girls. When collected in its still liquid form—in its quiet form—waters reflect mirror images so that, like Narcissus, one might see one’s beautiful self peering back. This image of...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 415–431.
Published: 01 November 2018
... sovereignty and autonomy) are central to our understandings of the production of hegemonies.” This implies the need for the adoption of a very critical conceptual and activist stance in relation to nationalism and the state and toward Black men. For me, taking a step back from the subjectivities and...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 25–48.
Published: 01 September 2018
... sex, or our sect, but a grand highway for humanity” (Lemert and Bhan 1998 , 204, 205). In such extension of the ideal of new womanhood to Black women, however, Cooper found support generally lacking among Black men, whom she described as “drop[ping] back into sixteenth century logic . . . when they...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 163–183.
Published: 01 September 2018
... they internalized the event; in other words, the emotional impact that the perceived disrespect had on them. . . . Which brings us to the question of our response. In general the more Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome impacts us the more likely we are to respond in a way that will ultimately not be in our...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 183–205.
Published: 01 April 2019
... on a somewhat different tone. Regarding his mother, Justin-Marie realizes, “When he thought about it, he had no feelings for this dead girl. Nothing but bitterness, for she had cared little about him, turning her back on him when he was just seven months old” (Condé 1998 , 133). His father, Justin...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 338–358.
Published: 01 November 2018
... three layers of social and political subjugation. Ogundipe-Leslie contends that there are six mountains on African women’s backs: traditional or indigenous viewpoints on culture, backwardness because of European colonization, race, patriarchy, external oppression and foreign intrusion, and, most...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 41–62.
Published: 01 April 2019
... archive as a subjective producer of knowledge that is as much about the present moment and projected future as it is about the past (Derrida and Prenowitz 1996 , 17). The fields of feminist, queer, and performance studies have expanded our understanding of what an archive can include and called attention...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 51–81.
Published: 01 September 2018
... literary career is a consequence of demands placed on her because of her gender. When she entered graduate school in 1963, she was the primary parent to five children. She had already been to school, built a family, moved across the country and then around the world (and back), finally settling in Oakland...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 63–93.
Published: 01 April 2019
... materials and the silences they produce. The memoir highlights and celebrates the complexities of stories that are difficult to tell and yet need to be told, and significantly, the telling of these stories brings into being the family whose stories they are. Fleming lifts out of obscurity and invisibility...