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Meridians (1 March 2014) 12 (1): 36–57.
Published: 01 March 2014
... know Clifton's work well also note key elements of her poetic voice in which she honors the everyday mysticism of African American experience, a firm claim to agency and creativity in the face of terror, and an insistence on telling the truths of history—the joyful truths as well as the hidden and...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 16 (1): 163–183.
Published: 01 September 2018
... “Americanah” identity—the repatriated immigrant “with odd affectations, pretending to no longer know” home (2013a, 78)—also presents a unique observation of the ways that black hair and its commerce are also attendant, if not central, to notions of feminist ideology, both African and Western, advocated by...
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Meridians (1 March 2018) 16 (2): 363–372.
Published: 01 March 2018
... millennial women. The interviews centered the thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and ideologies of these millennials about their social media use in relation to themes of language, race, culture, identity, and health. Black millennial women come to know their experiences on- and off-line as real because of the...
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Meridians (1 March 2007) 7 (2): 43–60.
Published: 01 March 2007
... calls a “rebel consciousness” through representations of female rebels who refuse to “know duh place.” Cliff's rebel women combat and resist traditional representations of womanhood, patriarchy, colonial culture, and homophobia. The genealogy of the “fighting spirit” of Caribbean women is registered in...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 232.
Published: 01 November 2018
... only Vaseline, thick with scent, and too heavy to churn the waters. If they wept no tears they would not know I will not shed any. If there were no tremors they would not know me. Unshaken. I will outlive them. I will bury them in my question: What more? This is what we have done...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 205–206.
Published: 01 September 2018
... sister They’d know I was training and protecting my son from a brutal State If I were a man They’d understand a father’s need to ensure his son Would fight to resist the all too familiar fate Of becoming another voiceless Black boy laid slain in the streets Blood flowing from bullet wounds in...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 49–50.
Published: 01 September 2018
... shield. Did you know Coltrane invented hide and seek? When lost, he peels away the veils and masks, looks inward and finds you. If you choose to abandon the game, he lurks in the thighs, and plays with your hips. Soon, everyone wants to join in. ...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 8–13.
Published: 01 April 2019
... without you the world would spill and lose itself. it’s more like that. they say god moved over the face of the deep, but in the deep there we already were. already pulsing already pulled by moon, relevant to us whether or not it was lit by sun. they fear the depth of the ocean rightly. we know what...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 279–295.
Published: 01 November 2018
... founding members of the group, recounted the unfriendly reception she often received in feminist spaces: “What confused me is that when everyone introduced themselves as feminist and we introduced ourselves as sex workers . . . they were not happy; not like, you know when people are happy they would be...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 325–330.
Published: 01 November 2018
... pads for schoolgirls have been part of the national budget since 2011 (Hallet 2016 ). While important, I question whether these actions do enough to help girls thrive. Do Kenyan girls know enough about their bodies, about themselves? Reports suggest that the girl who started the dorm fire had...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 207–211.
Published: 01 September 2018
... than police in other nations kill in one year. 5 It was this outrageous crisis of police brutality that sparked the Black Lives Matter Movement. But did you know that Brazil may lead the entire world in cases of police brutality? With a smaller population than the one in the United States, of the...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 16–24.
Published: 01 September 2018
... a twist of fate that I would have to get to know this woman, study her, perhaps improve her, but never turn my back on or abandon her. Yes, I understood. Mother, woman, negra, bateyana, penniless—that was definitely me. I had to live with that woman even as I managed to keep on dreaming. In...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 152–160.
Published: 01 April 2019
... people from the pictures are in the bedrooms. DeeDee, with the light eyes and Ma’s lovely hair, smiles down from her high school cheerleader picture. She had curves to die for, curves for days, miles of curves—reports vary. DeeDee as I know her, DeeDee in the bedroom, looks out of flabby flawless...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 244–246.
Published: 01 April 2019
... Road that my family was removed from, and already by the way I inhabited my body, I showed that I didn’t belong there. I was No Name. Now I can walk up to the shop assistant and hand her what I desire and pay for it, go into debt for it, and know that this is mine, this is me. I am not generic. Not No...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 227–243.
Published: 01 April 2019
... leading idea of Baby Love is that “none of the ideas we’ve gleaned about motherhood from the mothers we know and the mothers we watch on TV mean anything at all because motherhood is in the doing, not the thinking about . . . [and] is new every time” (48). In my reading, I draw on a contemporary black...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 415–431.
Published: 01 November 2018
... newspapers. It keeps the circulation numbers up and provides a perverse form of voyeuristic entertainment for the public, who seem to have become inured to the horrors of brutality that little girls and older females endure, largely among working communities. On one level, we know that while the...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 401–414.
Published: 01 November 2018
..., June 1, 2016 My grandfather’s sister, my susu Mukuta, had a story about a child that she and my mother found abandoned under a thorny bush while they tended to my grandfather’s goats. “Kana kaitu i ka malithiani,” she’d sing in Kikamba. I did not know what “malithiani” meant till I was old (and...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 163–183.
Published: 01 September 2018
... tell me that part? Are you fucking kidding me?! This is some bullshit. You know it is. You know this is straight bullshit cause you some bullshit! All y’all are is some scary-ass cops. South Carolina got y’all bitch asses scared. Down here in Prairie View Texas . . . That’s all it is. Got y’all scared...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 41–62.
Published: 01 April 2019
... manifestation of Olin herself. Beyond desiring to know the queer historical figure, Frank desires contact with her archival representation. His use of the term “mirror” suggests that he may see something of himself in this image of Olin. In fact her image allows him to engage with stories of his familial past...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 233–245.
Published: 01 November 2018
... tensions in trying to hold true to our noble intentions. Women’s knowledge is often hidden, and African ways of knowing are habitually discredited. African women’s ways of negotiating the world are thus frequently invisible and assumed to lack significance. “Achimota: From the Story My Mother Told Me...