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Scenes of Subjection

Slavery, the Black Female Body, and the Uses of Sexual Violence in Haile Gerima's Sankofa

Z'étoile Imma

pathologizing the Black female body. Preceding 12 Years a Slave and The Birth of a Nation by at least a decade, Haile Gerima's film Sankofa (1993) confronts the horrors of slavery utilizing sexual violence as a central and repetitive trope. Disturbing

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Miley, What’s Good?

Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, Instagram Reproductions, and Viral Memetic Violence

Aria S. Halliday

girls are subjected to this process; via the history of capitalism, they are made into objects and sold. Thus, the sexualization of girls and women works in tandem to construct representations of Black female bodies in popular visual culture. Furthermore

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Screening Transgression

Andrew J. Ball

violence and sex, and consider whether freedom can come from the collective experience of breaking those norms. In “Scenes of Subjection: Slavery, the Black Female Body, and the Uses of Sexual Violence in Haile Gerima's Sankofa ,” Z'étoile Imma considers

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Black Girls Swim

Race, Gender, and Embodied Aquatic Histories

Samantha White

( Higginbotham 1993 ). Black feminist scholars such as Brittney Cooper have also centered embodiment as an analytical framework, defining “embodied discourse … as a form of Black female textual activism” that locates the experiences of “Black female bodies by

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Book Reviews

Erve Chambers, Lauren Miller Griffith, Angus Mitchell, and Frances Julia Riemer

authored by Emma Lee, a trawlwulwuy woman from tebrakunna country, Tasmania, who reflects on black female bodies in tourism. Lee uses her ethnographic research on women, fisheries, and food tourism in Basque country as a model for “aspirational and cultural

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Black Girls Saying and Creating Space through Fantasy Worlds

S.R. Toliver

on police brutality and social justice. I say their names to bear witness to joys, dreams, and hopes dashed by a bullet. I say their names to negate stereotypes that situate Black female bodies as monstrous and deserving of death at the hands of

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Hostile Geographies

Black Girls Fight to Save Themselves and the World

Dehanza Rogers

; Said 1978 ). In “Black Looks: Race and Representation,” bell hooks (1992) explains how Black woman as other connects to the desire of the Black female body within sexual desire and pleasure. Although the Black girls discussed in these media are not

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Renewed Possibilities

Showcasing the Lived Realities of Black Girls using Ethnopoetics

Dywanna Smith

. “ Introduction .” In Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture , ed. Kimberly Wallace-Sanders , 1 – 12 . Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press . Wheatley , P. ( 1773 ). In Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

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I’m Not Loud, I’m Outspoken

Narratives of Four Jamaican Girls’ Identity and Academic Success

Rowena Linton and Lorna McLean

punishment are exercised against black female bodies ( Wane 2013 ; Cooper 2002 ). Canadian black feminism allows us to investigate the academic success of these girls and share their stories that epitomise how oppositional knowledge is formed at the margins

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Contemporary Girls Studies

Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association Conference

Victoria Cann, Sarah Godfrey, and Helen Warner

draws our attention to the continued need for meaningful intersectional interrogation in our approach to girls studies. In concluding, she considers what is at stake in the digital mutilation of black female bodies in a space in which black women and