Ayanna Thompson - BLACKFACE

Ayanna Thompson - BLACKFACE

Ayanna and I discuss her new book Blackface, her desire to encourage honest and sustained conversations about race, understanding the history of performing blackness and connecting these performances from Shakespeare to minstrel into one long arc, the need for the full rainbow of stories from black authors, the shocking number of blackface performances occurring in the 21st century, and much more.


Ayanna and I discuss her new book Blackface, her desire to encourage honest and sustained conversations about race, understanding the history of performing blackness and connecting these performances from Shakespeare to minstrel into one long arc, the need for the full rainbow of stories from black authors, the shocking number of blackface performances occurring in the 21st century, and much more.

Ayanna’s recommended reads are:

  1. Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man by Joshua Bennett
  2. In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe
  3. Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality by Jennifer C. Nash

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