The experiences of Black women in the academy are unique and extremely nuanced. In this track, we utilize Black feminist thought (BFT) to explore how music can be used to [re]define Black women educators’ lived experiences. We meaningfully and symbolically explore song lyrics from notable Black women artists to uncover how racism, sexism, and other interlocking systems of oppression and privilege manifest in and create barriers for Black women to thrive and sustain in educational environments. By utilizing pop cultural analysis methodologies, we engage in storytelling as cultural productions, to not only highlight authentic counternarratives but also challenge dominant narratives that may perpetuate harmful stereotypes or overlook the unique struggles faced by Black women in academia. Produced with the principle of recognizing that Black women educators have the agency, autonomy, and power to self-define and self-affirm our lived experiences.



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