The ‘Respectable’ Black Midwife vs The Respected Black Midwife

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I wanted to highlight something about imagery, history and Black midwives that I think is crucial, since I’ve been seeing more and more people talk about them in places I wouldn’t necessarily expect — which is great! I came across a few items online that honored their legacy. In particular they discussed their significance and […]

BLACK WOMEN DOING: ANTHROPOLOGY

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For those in/around Seattle this Saturday, May 26, I’ll be speaking briefly about Black breastfeeding. The Black feminist library is inaugurating a series called Black Women Doing, and appropriately we’re starting with Anthropology. Below are the details and images. Anthropology is a branch of social science that looks at all aspects of human life. Given […]

Measuring Black breastfeeding with a white stick?: Why I’m intentional in leaving white women out!

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  I figured out what about Black breastfeeding, has been bugging me for so long. Well I recognized this before, but now it’s to the point where it actually — more than just ‘bugs’ me — it’s troublesome and makes me ill. It’s the consistent way Black women are ranked against white women when it comes […]

More Sharing African American #Midwife Stories, Part 2 in Jackson, MS

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I’ll be in Jackson, Mississippi next month giving a presentation during the More Sharing African American Midwife Stories. This is a four-part symposium that are at the fore of efforts of the organization to raise funds to restore the Scott-Ford houses in the city that will interpret the history of midwives in Mississippi. A very brief story […]

Just *how* did slavery impact Black women’s breastfeeding today?

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  A few years ago I wrote an article on here asking the question about the impact of slavery on the current breastfeeding rates for Black women. There were very different responses to it from each end of the spectrum. My thoughts stemmed from another article I read back then wondering the same thing and, […]

Uncovering Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy in Professional Breastfeeding Services: The Greater Complexities of IBCLCs

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Below is a paper that I just turned in and filed with my department. I had to submit a ‘research competency’ paper as part of the requirements for my graduate program for the MA (think thesis), and chose to extend the conversation I started about my views on IBCLCs, who I think are very problematic […]

Where in the World is the Black Feminist Anthropologist? Researching #BlkBfing in the Mississippi Delta!

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I’m going down south this Summer! I received some funding from my department to travel to the Mississippi Delta area and begin exploring Black breastfeeding, which I plan on doing in September after I teach my course! I’ve been looking at Mississippi as a site to continue my work and conduct critical research for the […]

Black Breastfeeding + Black Feminist Anthropology on National Anthropology Day

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Last week was the first ever National Anthropology Day. The poster above is the one I made for the celebration we had on campus to show those who attended — there were many posters on display for this day. I also gave a worksop titled ‘Discovering African American Anthropology,’ and talked along the lines on […]

Musings For Today: On Returning to School, Being Transparent, The ILCA, Equity, and the Limitations of Inclusion

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Well, the summer has come to an end, and school starts in just a few days. What is in store for me? I will be honest when I say there are particular attitudes and challenges I face that remind me that Black women are not supposed to be in school. Because being present is a direct threat to the […]