In this essay, I offer a personal/political/intellectual response to Sweetwater. My reflections flow from a bittersweet panel at the 2013 National Communication Association Annual Convention that illuminated the power of black women's work about black women, but simultaneously testified to our oppressive present/absence in the field of communication studies. Situating Sweetwater as a rich foundation from which additional black femininity research can emerge, I close with a poetic articulation of what Robin M. Boylorn told me and taught me through her beautiful book.
On Sweetwater and the Significance of Black Women Tellin'
Rachel Alicia Griffin is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, cross-appointed with the departments of Africana Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Correspondence to: Rachel Alicia Griffin, Department of Communication Studies, Southern Illinois University, Communications Building 2205, 1100 Lincoln Drive, Mailcode 6605, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rachel Alicia Griffin; On Sweetwater and the Significance of Black Women Tellin'. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2015; 4 (1): 133–136. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.1.133
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