Charting my personal experiences with Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT), I argue that centering the lived experiences of Black girls and including their creative forms of expression and knowledge production allow for a rearticulation of forms of agency, social power, and meaning making. Thinking specifically about the ways Black girls are stereotyped and pathologized, I discuss how Black girls create, talk back, and resist through their creative processes of dance, play, and art.
An Ode to Wildseeds: Black Girls, Creativity, and the Making of Freedom
Nathan Alexander Moore is a PhD student in the Department of English at SUNY Buffalo. He is particularly interested in troubling and disrupting the staunch divides between scholarship and creative work, theory and praxis. He also writes on Blackness, queerness, the speculative imagination, and memory. I would like to thank Ruth Nicole Brown, visionary scholar–artist and dreamweaver; if it weren't for you, then this essay wouldn't even be possible. I would also like to give thanks to Chamara Jewel Kwakye, for endless encouragement and mentorship and many home-cooked meals. And infinite gratitude to DaMaris Hill, for doing what you do so well and gracefully. You showed me the way to create and prosper. I would also like to recognize, Mekhatansh McGuire, for the love, the laughs, the sisterhood and side-eyes, and the work. Let me also give thanks to the many people who have made SOLHOT a living, breathing, and loving space. Thank you to those who showed me how to love myself, my art, my dreams, my desires, and even my mistakes. Lastly, thank you to all those who recognize and protect Black girls at all costs. Correspondence to: Nathan Alexander Moore, Department of English, SUNY Buffalo, 518 Clemens Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Nathan Alexander Moore; An Ode to Wildseeds: Black Girls, Creativity, and the Making of Freedom. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2017; 6 (3): 98–115. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.3.98
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