"Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender." ~Alice Walker …… I committed these words to memory as an undergraduate student. I did a black and white sketch at the time and slowly turned it into a purple mono-chromatic schema over the years by layering many, many pieces of really pale tissue paper until I achieved the color purple. That sketch is now layered into my course website (blackwomenrhetproject.com) based on a memory of the moment when I first really understood that black women were central to any and every story/ intellectual tradition/ theory of the world.
This playlist features young women who I have shared a classroom with--- all the young women here will be discussing rhetoric, race, and bodies. I plan to add to this playlist for, hopefully, as long as the playlist exists. It helps me to remember my students as well as the issues that these young women face and think deeply about.
The title of this playlist, "Living Your Rhetoric," comes from one of the videos: the discussion between Eleadah and Morgan. In their discussion about Janelle Morgan's video for Q.U.E.E.N, the two women discuss how Monae uses her body to communicate and persuade or, in Eleadah's words, how Monae, a black woman, lives her rhetoric. I am inspired by that notion and see these women as well as the women they are talking about as all living their rhetoric!