This week’s news looks back to the past eight years and forwards to what the next four years will bring. President Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech went viral, particularly due to his tribute to his wife, FLOTUS. As the blog and online community geared toward black women For Harriet noted, “We love nothing more than to see a well-loved Black woman. Yes, Michelle LaVaugn Robinson.” This also sparked a conversation over the meaning of their daughters’ legacy.
ln other news, while there has been recent attention to the plight of young black men and boys, young black women and girls are also at risk. In a Huffington Post video, we see painful race and gender stereotypes working against black girls in the classroom.
In politics, Minnesotans just elected the first Somali-American woman to serve office. Jeff Sessions, President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General undergoes questioning in Congress, and The Washington Post published the nine-page letter from Coretta Scott King opposing his nomination to federal judgeship in 1986.
Media representations of women are often problematic. This is very true for Latina women as the Golden Globes proved again this week. Bitch Media examines Sofia Vergara’s presentation and how it such performances influence public perceptions of the Latinx community. In the other celebrity news, Serena Williams is now engaged, but her engagement came with a lot of public opinion on the agency of black women to marry who they so choose.
Finally, as we make our lists to honor our New Year’s Resolutions to read all those books that are in our pile, Lit Hub has offered up a great list of 30 must-read crime novels by women.
Zeba Blay, The Huffington Post
Taylor Pittman, The Huffington Post
Luleta Mola, For Harriett
Wes Lowery, The Washington Post
Dahlia Grossman-Heinze, Bitch Media
Nadra Kareem Nittle, Bitch Media
Emily Temple, Lit Hub,
Kathryn is an Assistant Professor of History at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She is currently working on her book project, “At Times We May Seem Bold:” African American Women in the Southern Textile Industry, 1895-1954.