Chain Gangs and the Domestic Labor of Black Women Convicts

In a 2013 article for Signs, Sarah Haley, an associate professor of African American Studies and Gender Studies at UCLA, examines Black women on Georgia’s chain gangs to articulate how race and gender shaped the post-slavery carceral system.

Marriage According to Black Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Marriage among same-sex couples constitutes less than 2% of marriages in the United States according to the 2019 American Community Survey. A larger percentage of respondents in same-sex married couples identify as Black than do people in opposite-sex married couples. While 7.2% of respondents in opposite-sex married couples identify as Black, 8.8% of people in… Continue reading Marriage According to Black Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Academic Books by and about Black Women – 2020 Edition

It’s that time of year again! Since 2017 I’ve compiled a list of books written by or about Black women and Black feminism. This year’s list is somewhat short, likely due to delayed publication dates for some projects. As always, please contact me if you don’t see a book on the list. The only requirement… Continue reading Academic Books by and about Black Women – 2020 Edition

Why Black Webcam Models Earn Less Money Online

Webcam models have experienced a boom in business due to COVID-19, according to an article in the New York Post published back in March 2020. A 2015 study by sociologist Angela Jones, however, suggests that not all webcam models will gain from the global lockdown. In “For Black Models Scroll Down,” Jones reveals how Black… Continue reading Why Black Webcam Models Earn Less Money Online

Why Black Girls Need the Police Talk Too

The police talk refers to a socialization practice wherein Black parents educate their children on how to maneuver encounters with law enforcement. According to Shannon Malone Gonzalez, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, parents deploy double consciousness to inform their children of how police officers view Black people. Double consciousness, as theorized… Continue reading Why Black Girls Need the Police Talk Too

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#SayHerName Bibliography

Apollo Rydzik, a graduate student in sociology at Stanford University, created this bibliography for graduate students, and Ph.D. scholars conducting literature reviews of police violence against Black women, LGBTQ people, and the #SayHerName campaign. This bibliography presents citations, abstracts, and keywords for scholarship written between 2015 and 2020. It includes articles, books, and essays, on these topics and spans several disciplines. Specifically, this bibliography contains citations from scholars in sociology, political science, law,… Continue reading #SayHerName Bibliography

The Anger of Black Women as Resistance Against Police Violence

In a 1981 essay titled “The Uses of Anger,” writer Audre Lorde wrote “My response to racism is anger. I have lived with that anger, on that anger, beneath that anger, on top of that anger, ignoring that anger, feeding upon that anger, learning to use that anger before it laid my visions to waste, for most… Continue reading The Anger of Black Women as Resistance Against Police Violence

Becoming Entrepreneurs: Black Women Hair Salon Owners

The number of Black women entrepreneurs has increased in the past few years according to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. In 2005 Adia Harvey Wingfield published a Gender & Society article that uses intersectionality as a conceptual framework to underscore how race and gender work together to shape the labor market outcomes of… Continue reading Becoming Entrepreneurs: Black Women Hair Salon Owners

Academic Books by and about Black Women – 2019 edition

Since 2017 I have released an annual list on this blog that links to all the books Black women academics or academics that write about Black women have published. You can check out 2017 and 2018 if you haven’t yet. This year’s list was built based on tweets I had captured over on @Blackfeminisms that… Continue reading Academic Books by and about Black Women – 2019 edition

The Deadly Challenges of Raising African American Boys

My analysis of tweets about Ferguson published in Ethnic and Racial Studies revealed that many people perceive deadly encounters between law enforcement and Black men as warranted because they feel these men acted like thugs. The controlling image of the thug paints Black men as hypermasculine, violent, criminal, and tough. Sociologist Dawn Dow provides findings… Continue reading The Deadly Challenges of Raising African American Boys