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Below is the 411 on Dr.Yaba Blay and her new web series via her You Tube video description.
DURHAM, N.C. — Dr. Yaba Blay, renowned activist, cultural critic, and producer, launches Professional Black Girl, an original video series created to celebrate everyday Black womanhood, and to smash racist and “respectable” expectations of how they should “behave.”
Seventeen Black women and girls ranging in age from 2- to 52-years-old were interviewed for the series. Each episode features a candid discussion with personalities such as Akiba Solomon, senior editor of Colorlines.com; Joan Morgan, author of the Hip-Hop feminist classic When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost; and 13-year-old world traveler Nahimana Machen, sharing what it means to be a “Professional Black Girl.”
“‘Professional Black Girl’ looks like Taraji P. Henson at the 2015 Emmys jumping up to hug Viola Davis. It looks like Mary J. Blige and Taraji and Kerry Washington in that Apple commercial. It looks like me rolling up to a room full of people in Berlin to speak with my bamboo earrings on,” explains Tarana Burke, a non-profit consultant and fashion blogger featured in the series.
Limited edition Professional Black Girl merchandise, created in partnership with Philadelphia Printworks, is available now on philadelphiaprintworks.com. The first full episode, featuring Dr. Blay, will air September 9, 2016, with an episode airing each Friday on YouTube.com/DrYabaBlay and yabablay.com until December 23, 2016.
“The terminology that is often used to describe and define Black girls—such as bad, grown, fast, ghetto, and ratchet—are non-affirming and are words that are intended to kill the joy and magic within all Black girls,” says Dr. Blay. “We are professional code-switchers, hair-flippers, hip-shakers, and go-getters. We hold Ph.Ds and listen to trap music; we twerk and we work. We hold it down while lifting each other up, and we don’t have to justify or explain our reason for being. This is us.”
Follow #ProfessionalBlackGirl across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to celebrate and affirm the everyday excellence of Black women and girls.
ABOUT DR. YABA BLAY:
Dr. Yaba Blay is The Dan T. Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science at North Carolina Central University and is one of today’s leading voices on beauty politics. She has been featured on MSNBC, BET, and NPR, as well as in such notable publications as Oprah Magazine and EBONY. Her production credits include a role as a consulting producer for CNN Black in America, a documentary inspired by the scope of her (1)ne Drop project, host of “Adventures at Beauty World,” a forthcoming docu-series focused on Black hair culture, and several other projects dedicated to Professional Black Girls, including #PrettyPeriod.
For more information, visit yabablay.com
Meeting Dr.Yaba Blay
I remember watching Dr. Yaba Blay speak on an episode of Black in America with Soledad O’Brien. Watch that specific clip here, she starts at 6:21. I liked her a lot and everything she had to say. I sent the clip to my BFF who then responded with “She’s Ghanaian.” I was shocked because I didn’t know Yaba Blay was a Ghanaian name. Irregardless, I liked her before finding out she was Ghanaian. However, finding out was just icing on the cake. When she came to DC for a book signing for her book (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, my BFF and I made sure to attend. We both purchased her book and got our copies signed. We liked her even more after her book signing because she is so knowledgable. I wish Dr.Yaba Blay was my professor in college. I am looking forward to Professional Black Girl which premieres here on 9.9.16.
Dr. Yaba Blay Online
Professional Black Girl – Episode 1: YABA BLAY
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