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  • Contributors

Kemi Adeyemi is a doctoral candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

Moya Bailey is a scholar of critical race, feminist, and disability studies. Her current work focuses on constructs of health and normativity within a U.S. context. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She is the co-conspirator of Quirky Black Girls, a digital collective of strange and different black girls. She is a blogger and digital alchemist for the Crunk Feminist Collective. Her work with the #TransformDH collective brings issues of marginalization in the digital humanities to the fore.

Jayna Brown researches performance and culture in the United States and elsewhere in the Diaspora, with a focus on vernacular expressive forms and the body. Her book, Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern (2008) won both the Errol Hill best book award from the American Society for Theatre Research and the George Freedley award from the Theater Library Association. Her second book, in progress, focuses on utopia in black speculative fiction and global pop music. She has also published on black women in postapocalyptic dystopian narratives, race, and postpunk music in Britain.

Scott Poulson-Bryant is a doctoral student in American Studies at Harvard University. His dissertation, “The Great Black Way: The Politics of Race in 1970s Black Broadway Musicals,” looks at how the sociopolitical shifts in U.S. culture impacted the production, reception, and regulation of African American aesthetic labor on Broadway in the 1970s. His work has appeared in The Journal of Popular Music Studies and AmerikaStudien/American Studies, as well in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Village Voice. A co-founding editor of the hip hop magazine VIBE, Poulson-Bryant is also the author of HUNG: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America (2006) and The VIPs: A Novel (2011). [End Page 235]

Sharon P. Holland is a graduate of Princeton University (1986) and holds a PhD in English and African American Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1992). She currently teaches at Duke University. She is the author of Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity (Duke University Press, 2000), which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association (ASA) in 2002. She is also co-author of Crossing Waters/ Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (Duke University Press, 2006), a collection of trans-Atlantic Afro-Native criticism with Professor Tiya Miles. Professor Holland is also responsible for bringing a feminist classic, The Queen Is in the Garbage by Lila Karp, to the attention of The Feminist Press (Summer 2007) for publication (2007). She is the author of The Erotic Life of Racism (Duke University Press, 2012), and is currently at work on the final draft of another book project entitled simply “Little Black Girl” and a new project, “Perishment,” an investigation of the human/animal distinction and the place of discourse on blackness within that discussion.

Mark Anthony Neal is professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. He has written and lectured extensively on black popular culture, black masculinity, sexism, and homophobia in black communities, and the history of popular music. Neal is the founder and managing editor of the blog NewBlackMan. He is also the author of four books, What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003), and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005). Neal is also the co-editor (with Murray Forman) of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd Edition (2011). Neal’s latest book, Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities (2013), is available from NYU Press.

Tavia Nyong’o writes, researches, and teaches critical black studies, queer studies, cultural theory, and cultural history at New York University. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance...


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