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Conversations on Blackness: Buy Black and Hip Hop Heresies

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University of Illinois Press, NYU Press
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Dec 2, 2022   2:00 pm  
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Join Aria S. Halliday and Shanté Paradigm Smalls for a conversation about their books Buy Black: How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture and Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City on December 2 at 3pm ET.

This event will be captioned. To request additional accommodations, please email . 

About Buy Black:

Buy Black examines the role American Black women play in Black consumption in the US and worldwide, with a focus on their pivotal role in packaging Black feminine identity since the 1960s. Through an exploration of the dolls, princesses, and rags-to-riches stories that represent Black girlhood and womanhood in everything from haircare to Nicki Minaj’s hip-hop, Aria S. Halliday spotlights how the products created by Black women have furthered Black women’s position as the moral compass and arbiter of Black racial progress. 

About Hip-Hop Heresies

Hip Hop Heresies centers New York City as a space where vibrant queer, Black, and hip hop worlds collide and bond in dance clubs, schools, roller rinks, basketball courts, subways, and movie houses. Using this cultural nexus as the stage, Shanté Paradigm Smalls attends to the ways that hip hop cultural production in New York City from the 1970s through the early twenty-first century produced film, visual art, and music that offer queer articulations of race, gender, and sexuality.

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