The Hope of a Black Princess

Buy Black Aria Halliday Book Talk

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Monday, March 28, 2022

12 PM ET – In-Person Event

ICC 662, Government/History Conference Room

Lunch will be servedRSVP to Leslie Byers

Presentation and Book Signing

Presented by Women’s and Gender Studies, Department of African American Studies, American Studies Program and Gender+ Justice Initiative

Join us for a presentation and book signing with Aria Halliday and learn about her book Buy Black How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2022).

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.

Far-ranging and bold, Buy Black reveals what attitudes inform a contemporary Black sensibility based in representation and consumerism. It also traces the parameters of Black symbolic power, mapping the sites where intraracial ideals of blackness, womanhood, beauty, play, and sexuality meet and mix in consumer and popular culture.

About the author:

Aria Halliday is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Women’s Studies and African American and Africana Studies, the University of Kentucky

More info:

Purchase Buy Black – Publisher Page

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