Activist Projects

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Quirky Black Girls

Quirky Black Girls is the tangible manifestation of the spirit of a small group of students that nurtured me while I attended Spelman College. These girls dared to follow their own path and chart their own course in a conservative and sometimes hostile environment. This looked like piercings, tattoos, fishnets, and high platform heels. It sounded like Q’uranic Prayer, soul stirring poetry, and southern crunk music sung with an operatic cadance. And since then, I keep meeting black girls who did their own thing who looked, talked, walked, lived in ways that weren’t refected anywhere. In 2008 I met fellow QBG kindred Alexis Pauline Gumbs and when our powers combined, Quirky Black Girls was born! As co-conspirators of the Quirky BlackGirl Movement, we began to pull ourselves towards each other. Via a blog, a social network, a facebook group, regular arcade nights, jam sessions, cookOUTS, a Black speculative fiction reading group and more, QBG, allows a diverse group of self identified Quirky Black Girls to build bravery and challenge each other’s thinking. QBG facilitates mutually nurturing online and in-person spaces for Black feminist conversations, which honors and supplements the rich tapestry of Black feminism that has come before us.

Dark skinned black girl in front of Ad for the Boondocks TV show with Huey's Eye in the frame.

The Obsidian Project

I want a feminism that doesn’t tokenize or fetishize the marginalized folks within the movement, i.e. people of color, queer folks, people with disabilities, etc. To this end, I am really interested in the margins within the margins and how people with intersecting marginal identities create the world they want to see and resist others’ attempts to use their representations for their own purposes. How do we see ourselves? The Obsidian Project focuses dark skinned queers of color, seeing them/us in new light and listening with intention. By promoting the physical visibility of dark skinned queer folks of color I hope to counter dominating representations that only invoke black skin as a sexualized other. With detailed verbal description of the images, I intend to craft a new narrative based in people’s own realities. In talking with my subjects, I am learning a lot about what it means to be a dark skinned person in a world where colorism is still a difficult conversation, even among folks with a queer politic. This is a project about deepening our understanding of how internalized oppressions are operationalized in activist communities and healing these unspoken wounds.

Digital Humanities Projects


Early Images of Medical Education

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My dissertation,Early Images: How Representation Informs Pedagogy- A Study of Representation of Black Women Patients at Emory School of Medicine, has many images. I created this Omeka site to share them with you.


SJSci

 

Dr. Deboleena Roy and graduate students’ web based collection that examines issues in science, race, disability, reproductive justice, technology, the environment, gender, and class.


SWAG Diplomacy

 

Dr. Stephanie Evans’ historical mapping project documenting the world travels of 200 famous African Americans as described in their autobiographies and memoirs.


Postcolonial Studies @ Emory

 

Dr. Deepika Bahri’s class developed and curated site of important figures and resources in the field of postcolonial studies.


Alien Bodies: Race, Space, and Sex in the African Diaspora Conference

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Born out of a desire to articulate the position of Black bodies in the Americas as well as the African Diaspora writ large, “Alien Bodies: Race, Space, and Sex in the African Diaspora” continues conversations initiated among members of the African American Studies Collective at Emory University. Of particular concern are the ways in which the African Diaspora—as climactic environments, biological/zoological/botanical/geographical subjectivities, or colonized economies—has been made alien from within as well as without, and the ways that the major discursive trajectories of race, space, and sex have contributed to this mapping.


#TransformDH

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Transformative Digital Humanities: Doing Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality and Class in DH