The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will present guest speaker Dr. Yaba Blay of Drexel University, who will discuss "Colorism in the African-American Community" based upon her recent book "One Drop" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4th in Parlor B of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.
The event – which is one of several Black History Month events being held on campus in February – is free and open to the public.
Dr. Blay is an assistant professor and co-director of Africana Studies at Drexel University. As one of the leading intellectual voices on colorism and global skin color politics, she has been featured on CNN’s Who’s Black in America 5, CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon, The New York Times, and the FX network show Totally Bias.
She is the author of (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, a book in which she explores the interconnected nuances of skin color politics and Black racial identity, and challenges narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality.
IN 2012, Dr. Blay served as the consulting producer for the CNN Black in America segment “Who is Black in American?” – a television documentary inspired by the scope of her (1)ne Drop project. She is also producing a trans-media film project focused on the global practice of skin bleaching.
Dr. Yaba Blay – who is also the publisher and editor-in-chief of BLACKprint Press – is the daughter of Dr. Kofi Blay, the chair of the DSU Department of Sociology.