Africa Now November 11, 2015
Topic: Black Female Identity and the Power of Images
Topics and Guest: As Africa Now! has noted throughout the year the decade January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2024 was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as the International Decade for People of African Descent. With that in mind Africa Now! continues to highlight that occasion with todays’ topic Black Female Identity and the Power of Images. Africa Now! also features this discussion in the context of commemorating Saartjie "Sarah" Baartman who died nearly 200 years ago on December 29, 1815. As you are aware Sarah Baartman was a South African Khoisan woman who was brought to Europe to have her body inhumanly exhibited for European audiences in the early 19th century. Joining Africa Now! to discuss Black Female Identity and the Power of Images is Dr. Maria Merrills.
Dr. Maria Merrills is currently an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at Winston-Salem State University and has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Her current research interests include new media and African-Americans’ identity and influence on popular culture. Due to her research and interests in race and gender, she was invited by Melissa Harris-Perry to be an ongoing faculty research participant in the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University. In addition to her academic scholarship, Dr. Merrills is a playwright and filmmaker as well. Her works have been performed in many cities and at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and Winston-Salem State University.
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