Black Joy as Resistance: Why I Do the Work I Do

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Join the Black Media Studies program on Wednesday, March 3rd at 3pm EST for a keynote address with Dr. Yaba Blay, creator of the web series and community Professional Black Girl and author of One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. She will discuss the role of joy in her digital media work and activism. Click here to register for this BlueJeans event for free.

Dr. Blay is a scholar-activist, public speaker, and cultural consultant whose scholarship, work, and practice centers on the lived experiences of Black women and girls, with a particular focus on identity/body politics and beauty practices. Lauded by O Magazine for her social media activism, she has launched several viral campaigns including Locs of Love#PrettyPeriod, and #ProfessionalBlackGirl, her multi-platform digital community.

In 2012, Dr. Blay served as a producer on CNN’s television documentary, “Who is Black in America?,” and has since been named one of today’s leading Black voices by ‘The Root 100’ and Essence Magazine’s ‘Woke 100.’ She has appeared on CNN, BET, MSNBC, BBC, and NPR, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, EBONY, Essence, Fast Company, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Colorlines, and The Root, to name a few. Her commentary is featured in A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond, a permanent installation exhibited in the National Museum of African American History and Culture; and she is the author of the award-winning One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race.

If you have any questions about the event, please email the event coordinator, Susana Morris (Associate Professor of Black Media Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication) at susana@gatech.edu.  


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  • Created By: Kristen Bailey
  • Created: 03/02/2021
  • Modified By: Kristen Bailey
  • Modified: 03/02/2021


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