KáLyn Banks Coghill details and describes the world and work of alt(erntative) Black girls.Read more
“Its Not Just a Doll; It’s a Social Movement”: Investing in Black Toys Then and Now
Avi Santo / Old Dominion University
Avi Santo examines the representational and rhetorical strategies used by toy companies to produce dolls for African American girls, which emphasize self-love and a broadening of traditional beauty categories to overcome internalized racism, and compares these with the past production and marketing of Black dolls.
Bambi Haggins considers how the “shady” protagonists, Olivia, Annalise, and Cookie, ambivalently challenge previous “Super Negro” televisual representation strategies.Read more
Not Your Grandmother’s “Super”: Julia, Olivia and Waning Black Exceptionalism
Bambi Haggins / Arizona State University
Bambi Haggins compares and contextualizes Scandal‘s Olivia Pope to Julia‘s titular character played by Diahann Carroll to investigate the complicated ways Black exemplarism informs the televisual construction of these women and Blacks on television more generally.Read more