Originally intended as a performance piece, #flyingwhileback is a heart-wrenching, sometimes whimsical, recalling of the process of boarding an airplane in a Black body. Bordering the genre of speculative fiction, this poem illustrates one of the many ways the Black body is seen as violent and threatening by simply existing. The poem is intended to recount many of my own experiences as well as challenge the authority of the Transportation Security Administration and the ways they engage with Black people.
Imani Cezanne is a highly acclaimed writer, performer, teaching artist, and poetry slam coach. Rooted in her experiences as a Black woman, her work digs deep into the silenced themes of race, gender, sexuality, and privilege to become a catalyst for social justice and change. As a nationally touring spoken word poet, Cezanne has been invited to share her work at poetry venues, colleges, universities, conferences, festivals, and more. She has won five Grand Slam Championships, placed in the top 10 at five World Poetry Slams, and has appeared on three major network television shows. In 2016, she became a Women of the World Poetry Slam Co-Champion and published her first chapbook with Belladonna Press. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Imani Cezanne; #flyingwhileblack. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2018; 7 (4): 153–155. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.4.153
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