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The (in)Visible Black Woman: My Future doesn't Always Look Bright, that's Why I Throw Shade

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Can you hear me? Can you see me? Yes. But was I heard? Was I seen? It is a peculiar sensation to be visible and invisible at the same time. As a black woman, particularly within higher education, the idea of being both visible and invisible is a major reality. Dr. LaToya Brackett is no exception to this experience. What does it mean to be hired to be diversity, but not to be hired to speak up against the oppressions of a space? What does it mean to be invited as a co-signer but never to be a leader? Dr. Brackett will share personal narratives of navigating such situations while discussing the complexities of how whiteness can be present even in black spaces. Dr. Brackett will share how sometimes, for her, the only way to survive is by throwing shade. Stop! This is not the online urban dictionary’s definition of throwing shade. It is not an outward attack, but a moment of collective code switching, [in]visibly, in a space unwelcoming to black women. Throwing shade is a small bit of power within the world of being a black woman seen and unseen at the same time. Because for her, and many black women, the future doesn’t look bright, because the past has forever overshadowed them.

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LaToya T. Brackett currently works as a Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound. Alongside her teaching role she is a member of the leadership team of the Race & Pedagogy Institute, housed at the same university. LaToya earned her Bachelor’s in Africana Studies at Cornell University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. Additionally, she obtained a Master’s in Counseling at Michigan State. Her research focuses on popular culture and particularly the representation of African Americans in media. She is currently working on an edited volume dedicated to such representations in television since 1990. Her most recent publications have focused on Black bodies in sports, from Colin Kaepernick to policing black bodies during sport play. As a Black Studies scholar she focuses on the three tenets of the discipline: teaching, research, and community action.

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Dr. Janelle Joseph is an educator with 22 years of experience in andragogical teaching, a portfolio of dozens of peer reviewed articles, and award winning research including three books. Her most recent book is titled Sport in the Black Atlantic, Cricket, Canada and the Caribbean Diaspora. Her theoretical and empirical research is located in the Caribbean, Brazil, Black diasporas, New Zealand, and Canada. Her qualitative research focuses on Indigeneity, disabilities, globalization, and critical race studies. She is dedicated to transformative ethnographies, critical pedagogies, and leadership excellence.

Questions? Please contact Zoe at zoe.dille@utoronto.ca

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