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Dr. Yaba Blay on shifting the lens on race

January 20, 2014

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GUEST: DR. YABA BLAY

[From the Radio Times archives] Who is black? And who is not? “Mixed/Jamerian,” “Black/Latina,” “Appalachian African American” are examples of how some people of color describe themselves. Drexel University Africana Studies professor DR. YABA BLAY explores the nuances of the politics of racial identity and hair and skin color. Her work sheds light on the legacy of the outdated “one-drop” law – that if a person had a drop of black blood, they would be forever identified as black. Through interviews and research, she shows the diversity of the many ways bi-racial and multi-racial people self-identify. Her new portrait essay book is “(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race.” Dr. Blay came in last fall to talk to Marty.

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