Blackface in the academy: Black professors address white female academics who stole Black women’s identities | The Remedy

Our inaugural podcast for The Remedy tackles the tough issue of white academics, and in particular women, stealing Black women’s identities.

Recently, several women who work at universities or in the space of racial and social justice, admitted that they have been working as Black people. Three Black women professors, Dr. Alice Nicholas, Dr. Sherice Janaye Nelson and Dr. Kaia Shivers talk about the grave issues in stealing the identities and opportunities of Black women in the academy, and the extenuating ramifications as scholars and teachers. To address the solution, they talk about the innovations and contributions of Black women. As well, they point to ways that the academy, and those who work in it could adequately support Black women.

Guests of the Show

Dr. Alice Nicholas

A lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), Dr. Nicholas is Africologist who has been published in numerous scholarly publications and creative journals. As well, she has presented research and chaired panels at diverse academic conferences throughout the United States.

Dr. Nicholas is a member of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA), the Organization of Africology and African American Studies Graduate Students (OAASGS), Artists for Justice and Liberation (AJL), and Foundation for Arts, Mentoring, Leadership & Innovation (FAMLI). On March 26, 2019, Dr. Nicholas was inducted by Dr. Molefi Kete Asante as the official djelimuso (poet laureate) of the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University. 

Dr. Sherice Janaye Nelson

A professor of political science in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy at Southern University and A&M College, Dr. Nelson is a speaker, author, and researcher. She’s from Oakland, California and has only been educated at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Her research interests include Black political leadership, Black women as political agents, and the Black experience throughout the Diaspora.

She is a proud alumnus of Howard University, where she received her Ph.D. in Political Science at 27 making departmental history. Dr. Nelson specialized in International Relations, Black Politics, and American Government. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Black Leadership Roundtable, a nonprofit with the goal of uniting younger and older Black Civic organizations. Dr. Nelson is currently writing a book about the Congressional Black Caucus and their role as the chief moral agents in Congress due out in 2021. She earned her Masters of Public Administration at the University of the District of Columbia and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual degree in History and English from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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