Protecting Black Girlhood: bell hooks & Salamishah Tillet

Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love.Barbara Jordan

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and lots has been happening about black girls locally, nationally and globally (think Nigeria). I’ve been in hibernation planning scholarship, completing a collaborative video ethnography on black girls and twerking that I’ve premiered as a rough cut version in Toronto at York University and at the International Association for Popular Music US chapter meeting at UNC-Chapel Hill this year. More on that in a few upcoming posts. Tonight, black feminist scholar bell hooks recommenced her residency at The New School this year. Part 1 was last fall and I attended both public lectures. I missed that this was Part 2 but am glad the New School is livestreming the event for those of us who could not attend. She’s there all week. Check the schedule. Tonight Dr. Salamishah Tillet interviewed hooks and they speak on Protecting Black Girlhood. Right up my alley after I spent the morning studying how to protect your online reputation as I’ve been thinking about the public health issues of what I’ve been learning about through my ethnographic study of black girls who twerk on YouTube. Here is the conversation between hooks and Tillet. Enjoy!!


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