Yaba Blay

Ntozake Shange. Black woman with short, curly brown hair smiles in gold dress and blue wheelchair in front of white screen with brown and yellow logos and text

Black Women Honor Ntozake Shange's Feminist Legacy

The author of the genre-smashing “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf” died at age 70.

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Dr. Yaba Blay Brings 'Professional Black Girl' Back for Second NOLA-Focused Season

The scholar and writer launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the production of new episodes of her web series.

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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.

READ: Yaba Blay on Lil' Kim, Racism and Self Love

The author of “(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race” writes about why it hurts to see Lil’ Kim’s “lighter, Whiter” skin and why it is a living, breathing indictment of racism.

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.

'Red Bone Girls,' 'Chocolate Legs,' and Eric Benet's Color-Complex Payday

Halle Berry’s ex husband has figured out a novel way to sell his new album: Exploit divisions between dark and light skinned women. For $19.95, you too can buy some white supremacy.