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Motherhood on the Color Line

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM
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MOTHERHOOD ON THE COLOR LINE

WITH DR. JASMINE MITCHELL


Join us for an interactive workshop with Dr. Jasmine Mitchell, associate professor of American Studies and Media Studies at the State University of New York-Old Westbury, on Motherhood on the Color Line.

“How dark will the baby's skin be?”  Meghan Markle's recent interview about her experiences within the British royal family are all too familiar to many mothers who navigate racism and sexism. How does U.S. television and film from The L Word to Monster’s Ball and Brazilian telenovelas serial melodramas relate to racialized ideas of who can be a good mother or who gets to be a mother at all?  What does popular media have to do with high Black maternal mortality rates and Black mothers mourning the slaying of their children from state violence? Does racial mixing equal racial progress? Based on her academic book, Imagining the Mulatta: Blackness in U.S. and Brazilian Media*, Dr. Jasmine Mitchell will share research insights on how popular media depictions of racial mixture perpetuate antiblack narratives of motherhood and sexuality. 
 
Dr Mitchell will lead a conversation on:

• How race, class, gender, and sexuality affect perceptions of mothers
• Myths about racial mixing, colorblindness, and racial progress
• How to have difficult conversations on race, gender, class and sexuality 
• Mothering as an act of resistance to racism and sexism


Dr. Jasmine Mitchell is Associate Professor of American Studies and Media Studies at the State University of New York-Old Westbury. She is the author of Imagining the Mulatta: Blackness in U.S. and Brazilian Media (University of Illinois Press 2020). Her scholarly specialties include mixed-race and gender representation in popular culture, connections between African-Americans and Afro-Brazilians, Black feminisms, and race and sports.


*A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

"
In this book, I use “mulatta” as the term for women of African and European descent in the United States and mulata in italics as the sexualized term for women of mixed African and European descent in Brazil. While both identifiers are often considered impolite or offensive, I use these terms to highlight the historicity of these figures, especially from nineteenth-century popular culture onward, and their inextricability from contemporary discussions of race, gender, and sexuality in the Americas.  These terms stand apart from terms like “mixed-race” and “biracial,” which neither specify Black-white mixture nor hold the same historical or ideological symbolism. This terminology foregrounds how these figures haunt the present and the persistency of the gendered, classed, and sexualized nature of racial taxonomies."