Dr. Yaba Blay

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Dr. Yaba Blay for The Root: Black Hair Conversations That Don't Consider White Supremacy Pathologize Black Women

In the first of a new video series from The Root, ethnographer, producer and professor Yaba Blay makes sense of the race politics and meaning of hair as it grows out of Black women’s scalps.  

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Celebrate Black Womanhood With New 'Professional Black Girl' Trailer

Created by scholar Dr. Yaba Blay, the video series premieres this Friday.

CNN Contributing Producer Probes Lingering Pain of the 'One Drop' Rule

CNN’s upcoming “Black in America 5” wades into the deep of black identity and skin color politics. Here, Dr. Yaba Blay, a Ghanain-American scholar whose independent work sparked the special, talks about the nuances of a topic often considered too hot TV.