This essay is an autoethnographic account of the ways Black cultural performance, specifically Black social dance, works to produce and maintain Black cultural space in predominantly white spaces. I consider the significance of the “City Boy Wit It” song and dance as an expression of Black identity that marks Blackness in Tampa, FL. By framing my personal experiences through a discussion of Black identity and Black space, I critically examine larger issues of Black performativity and Black cultural spaces.
Spaces and Places: Autoethnography of a Black City
Alisha L. Menzies is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Tampa. Correspondence to: Alisha L. Menzies, Department of Communication, University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Alisha L. Menzies; Spaces and Places: Autoethnography of a Black City. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2021; 10 (2): 81–87. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.81
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