Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag

Twenty-First-Century Acts of Self-Definition

Julia S. Jordan-Zachery (Editor), Duchess Harris (Editor), Janell Hobson (Foreword), Tammy Owens (Afterword)
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Hashtag or trademark, personal or collective expression, #BlackGirlMagic is an articulation of the resolve of Black women and girls to triumph in the face of structural oppressions. The online life of #BlackGirlMagic insists on the visibility of Black women and girls as aspirational figures. But while the notion of Black girl magic spreads in cyberspace, the question remains: how is Black girl magic experienced offline?

The essays in this volume move us beyond social media. They offer critical analyses and representations of the multiplicities of Black femmes’, girls’, and women’s lived experiences. Together the chapters demonstrate how Black girl magic is embodied by four elements enacted both on- and offline: building community, challenging dehumanizing representations, increasing visibility, and offering restorative justice for violence.

Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag shows how Black girls and women foster community, counter invisibility, engage in restorative acts, and create spaces for freedom. Intersectional and interdisciplinary, the contributions in this volume bridge generations and collectively push the boundaries of Black feminist thought.
"In Black Girl Magic: Beyond the Hashtag, Julia Jordan-Zachary and Duchess Harris have curated chapters that work to contextualize, challenge, and theorize the concept of Black Girl Magic. Collectively, this book is a timely and important contribution to the study of black women, girls, and femmes."—Tanja Burkhard, Journal of Women and Social Work
Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag
216 Pages 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.384
Published: September 2019Paperback ISBN: 9780816539536
Published: October 2019Ebook ISBN: 9780816540464

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