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Meridians (2022) 21 (1): 293–295.
Published: 01 April 2022
...Teri Ellen Cross Davis Abstract Often the narrative on dark skin in America has been dominated by Eurocentric standards of beauty. White supremacy dictated dark skin to be unattractive and lesser than light skin. This poem explores the rich beauty of darkness in the natural world, from fruit...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 103–128.
Published: 01 September 2015
... representations of domestic workers' dark-skinned female bodies as sites where race, gender, and class asymmetries meet and sustain one another. Copyright © 2015 by Smith College 2015 PATRICIA DE SANTANA PINHO The Dirty Body that Cleans: Representations of Domestic Workers in Brazilian Common Sense Abstract...
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Meridians (2000) 1 (1): 179–186.
Published: 01 September 2000
..., dark eyes peering down -and, in the single bookshelf to the right of grandmother's bed, beneath the wooden cross, amotleyarrayofEnglish books, which did not belong to her, for my grandmother Mariamma never read English books. Perhaps they had belonged to my other grandmother, who loved English...
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Meridians (2006) 7 (1): 162–182.
Published: 01 September 2006
... raza"and other painful and derogatory terms directed at darker-skinned members of the family. The implicit message is that phenotypically, the dark-skinned body is defective, unattractive, undesirable, but sexually enticing and therefore, a social embarrassment. I recall when I dated a young Black man...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 14–31.
Published: 01 April 2020
... will die, biting insects will descend, disease will spread among the horses, cows, chickens and pigs, their white skin will erupt with boils, there will be locusts and then the curse of darkness . . . Black people slipping away in the night Black workers with their laboring bodies Mothers...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (1): 84–93.
Published: 01 June 2016
.... 86 MERIDIANS 14:1 MyEqual Body In memoryofAdiioVentura' In the darkness of the night my equal body diffuses dangers deciphers messages whistles and tam-tams 2 In equal darkness my night body opens volcanically the ethnic skin that dresses me. In the darkness of the night my equal body floats tears...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (1): 157–160.
Published: 01 September 2018
... deeper into the vastness of our small islands; variety renders them unrecognizable. Meridians:feminisrmac,et,ransnationalisrm6, no. r (2or8):r57-r60. Copyright©2or8 SmithCollege.doi: ro.2979/meridians.r6.r.r5 157 Put a beautiful woman on the cover. A tall and thin woman with skin that is dark...
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Meridians (2002) 2 (2): 128–145.
Published: 01 March 2002
... siblings and cousins were served dinner rotis with lentils, pickle, and milk. Her grandmother, father, and uncles finished their meal too. It was already dark in the cold winter night. Some local residents were taking after-dinner strolls, some were resting. After the rest of the family had finished...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (2): 49–63.
Published: 01 March 2008
... it splashed into the Arabian Sea made candles gleam in rows all along your ribcage. Kneeling at your throat I heard a fever bird call. II One night returning late, I was a loudmouthed teenager then, I caught you at the dining table, fists clenched, forward bent in darkness. Do you love me? I asked, needing...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 152–160.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., shaking my head in apology as I presented them during visits, with adults willing to act as though the photographer had done something wrong. I remember staring into the bathroom mirrors at my face, measuring the contrast between my dark hair and my light(er) skin. This was Ma’s bathroom, where you had...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (2): 1–14.
Published: 01 March 2010
... in the New Mysore Cafe, at a cracked marble table top A cup of foaming coffee in front of me, Notebook open to catch a fruit fly on a smear of honey. The cafe is gone, in its place is a Reebok store, also a shop selling Airtel SIM cards, Cell phones in colors of the rainbow, Ray Ban dark glasses and knock...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 36–57.
Published: 01 March 2014
... us what we thinkwe know in sublime and disconcerting ways. She elucidates connections between human beings and the natural world from an extraordinary sense of empathy and shared experience of marginalization. The poem "to a dark moses" is a meditation on the encounter of the prophet with the burning...
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Meridians (2002) 2 (2): 36–40.
Published: 01 March 2002
.... Everyculture rationalizes the skipped note, the broken thread. Everyculture wants a seamless history. I used to drive Angela home after dance class. Sometimes she'd ask me to come in. I have to go, I'd tell her. Alan was waiting. She'd say, "Come on." It was dark in my car, but she was rolling her eyes; I...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 84–89.
Published: 01 April 2021
... that slice through your soul, sharpest of all. It becomes impenetrable. It keeps the darkness at bay. It makes you feel like you are winning. Bad dreams wouldn’t come to me. Like they wouldn’t come to my mother who didn’t want to dream herself into another life. Habituated, the body starts realizing...
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Meridians (2022) 21 (1): 101–122.
Published: 01 April 2022
... approached in San Rafael, the sky was still dark enough to blanket the dreams and insomniac thoughts of the rebels. Although they saw a plethora of visions, they did not see or anticipate what was coming toward them. They could never have imagined that their instinctual need and craving for freedom would...
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Meridians (2011) 11 (1): 98–105.
Published: 01 September 2011
... advice to a disoriented man who did not know where to go. He had gone to pick up his son at school but he could not get in touch with his wife. No communication. It occurred to me that there would be no MARIE-JOSE NZENGOU-TAYO MALE PA GEN KLAKSONN 99 electricity and that it was soon going to be dark...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 161–182.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., email. 40 In an earlier short portion of the documentary, a dark-skinned woman of similar colored dress is seen walking beside a woman in a black sharshaf carrying a child. This black woman is tagging along carrying a basket, in a seemingly household maid–madam relationship, further pointing...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 16–24.
Published: 01 September 2018
... that reveals that dark abyss of socioeconomic differences that also pose a threat to society in general. To that effect, in this essay I’ll repeat and make reference to the backwardness and daily decline that we experience in the Dominican Republic where, fully situated in the twenty-first century, and while...
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Meridians (2016) 15 (1): 300–305.
Published: 01 December 2016
... in a dark and windowed room the one where Fanon is analyzing your brain the one where Zora is measuring your heart the one where Aaliyah is singing your name and lending you her sunglasses the one where Nanny of the Maroons oils messages into your scalp the one where you talk to yourself and become everyone...
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Meridians (2005) 6 (1): 82–110.
Published: 01 September 2005
..., the artist's intervention is equally bold yet foreboding. The face of a traditional (Indian, from the fifties-ish) woman serves as the original left point for a caption "Don't play in the sun . . . you'll get dark and no one will marry you." While "Don't play in the sun you'll get dark and" is in a flame-red...