People often ask, “What is Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT)?” Sometimes the answer is it's a poem, sometimes it's a dance, sometimes it's an art installation in a local gallery, sometimes it's a song, sometimes it's a rhyme, sometimes it's a book, sometimes it's a lesson on theory and praxis, sometimes it's an article, sometimes it's an editorial, sometimes it's a performance, and sometimes it's a one-word answer. The answer however, no matter the form, is never simple. It's nuanced, layered, multifaceted, and ever changing. If we had to give a succinct and clear answer to the question: “SOLHOT is a space to envision Black girlhood critically among and with Black girls, who… are often the people least guaranteed to be centered as valuable in collective work and social movements.”1 Black girlhood studies, though burgeoning, continues to center the lives of Black girls in various disciplines. The...
10 Years of Black Girlhood Celebration: A Pedagogy of Doing
Chamara Jewel Kwakye is a womanist scholar–educator with interdisciplinary interests at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnography, performance, and pedagogy. She has published works on qualitative methods, hip-hop feminist pedagogy, and is currently working on a monograph that examines Black women's pedagogy and praxis of love and labor. Correspondence to: Chamara Jewel Kwakye, c/o The Galloway School, 215 W. Wieuca Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30342, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dominique C. Hill is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College. She is a body-lyricist, disrupter, and ethnographer committed to socially just and artistic practices. Her teaching and scholarship situates the body as a pivotal vessel and she incites questions that foreground voices, bodies, and knowledges of often disappeared and/or silenced populations. Her current project examines Black girlhood, education, and the body as entanglements. Her interdisciplinary scholarship emerges from her life work, which is dedicated to documenting and reimagining Black life with a focus on Black girls and women. Correspondence to: Dominique C. Hill, Department of Black Studies, Amherst College, 108 Cooper House, 86 College Street, Amherst, MA 01002, USA. Email: email@example.com.
Durell M. Callier is Assistant Professor of critical youth studies and cultural studies of education in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. His current research documents, analyzes, and interrogates Black youth lived experiences as it intersects with constructions of race and queerness. In his research and creative projects, he employs feminist and queer methodologies to research how Black and queer communities broadly defined make use of art and narrative towards knowledge creation, staging critical resistance, and actualizing freedom. Correspondence to: Durell M. Callier, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University, 304 McGuffey Hall, Oxford, OH 45056, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The guest editors would like to begin by expressing their gratitude for girls, women, moments, and visions passed through and circulated in SOLHOT. Thank you to the OG Homegirls, Aisha, Candy, Grenita, Chamara, Jasmine, Christina, and Camille for your courage and commitment. To Ruth Nicole Brown, thank you for insisting Black girlhood studies be a celebration. Generations of Black girlhood celebration exist because of each of you. To the current homegirls/homeboys/homebois and to those to come, this is for you and for future Black girlhood turn-ups in all of their forms—ratchet, bougie, oldskool, analog, digital, and out of this world. Lastly, the guest editors would like to thank Stacy Holman Jones and Sohinee Roy for making such a timely issue on the importance of Black girls, their lives, and survival a possibility.
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Chamara Jewel Kwakye, Dominique C. Hill, Durell M. Callier; 10 Years of Black Girlhood Celebration: A Pedagogy of Doing. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2017; 6 (3): 1–10. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.3.1
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