“That Rihanna reign just won’t let up”: Fenty, Black Beauty, and Race in the Fashion Industry.

Three and a half years have passed since Rihanna released an album despite fans, affectionately known as the Rihanna Navy, clamoring for new music from the Bajan pop music star. But there’s been no shortage of Rihanna’s presence, influence, and cultural impact amid the demands for a ninth studio album. From her award-winning and best-selling collaboration with Puma to her racially and ethnically inclusive, consumer friendly makeup brand Fenty Beauty to her …

2019 ABWH Publication Prizes Call

The Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH) is pleased to announce the following awards:  The 2019 Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize The 2019 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize  The 2019 Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Scholarship Award The 2019 Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award The 2019 Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Junior Faculty Award  Please see below for more Information on how to apply or nominate candidates and the respective deadlines for each award.   2019 …

#MLKDay Message from 2019 ABWH National Director Erica Armstrong Dunbar

As much of the nation took the day to be intentional about service, I thought about the service that we do every day. We teach, we write, we direct, we archive, we collect, and we produce history that has been erased or ignored. We are the Association of Black Women Historians−a network of scholars that encompass every region of the nation. We are everywhere. Our work is everywhere.

“Surviving R. Kelly” in context: Insights from the history of black girlhood

While many elements of the predatory behavior revealed in “Surviving R. Kelly” are distinctly contemporary—the centrality of cell phones, for instance, in facilitating Kelly’s luring young girls to his side—the documentary also highlights some continuities rippling through the lives of generations of black girls and women. Studies which place black girls at the center of American history are arguably more important now than ever because they add empirical weight to what many of us know intuitively: that African American girls, instead of reaping the full rewards of social change, have historically experienced more than their fair share of punishment, blame, and vulnerability.