by Montré Aza Missouri More than twenty years ago, bell hooks examined the ambiguous relationship between black women and the cinema and argued that black female audiences have to take on an “oppositional gaze” distinctive from the intentions of predominately white male directors. According to hooks, this gaze of resistance is required in order for… Read More
Meeting Stuart Hall
We have come together as black feminists to commemorate Stuart Hall who died on 10 February, 2014. ~ Sara Ahmed, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Yasmin Gunaratnam,Vera Jocelyn, Patricia Noxolo, Pratibha Parmar, Ann Phoenix, Nirmal Puwar, Suzanne Scafe Suzanne: I first heard Stuart Hall speak in the early 1980s, when he gave the keynote speech for the Norman… Read More
What’s the problem with Black Masculinities?
by Dr Ornette D Clennon Like so many of us, I was spellbound by the recent conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry that showed beyond any doubt the lively power of an intersectional analysis that concerns itself with the entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in history and in everyday life. One… Read More
Book list for black girls: promoting self-love and empowering young black women
by Christina Fonthes [twitter-follow screen_name=’CongoMuse’] It is 2014; Nicola Adams is the first (black, lesbian) woman to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal. Michelle Obama is the first black woman to occupy the White House. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joyce Banda are Africa’s first women Presidents. Malorie Blackman is Britain’s first black, Children’s Laureate. Hope Powell… Read More
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