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Scandalize My NameBlack Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life$
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Terrion L. Williamson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823274727

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823274727.001.0001

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The Way It Is

The Way It Is

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Scandalize My Name

Terrion L. Williamson

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the trope of the strong black woman by way of the “superwoman” of R&B musical parlance, particularly as expressed by R&B artist Karyn White in her 1988 hit song “Superwoman.” It extends this discussion to a consideration of the reality television series Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is in order to document the complex enactments of black female social intimacy and to say something about how black women collectively navigate trauma and pain by way of their music, as well as through their interactions with each other.

Keywords:   black feminist surrogation, R&B music, reality television, social intimacy, superwoman/strong black woman, trauma

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