Regional Reflections

As we worked with our partners to plan a series of listening sessions across the country, we were eager to ensure that the insights and perspectives that emerged could be widely shared with others.

These perspectives, so often marginalized or ignored in national dialogues, are critical to educating funders, policymakers, practioners and many others across the country. At the same time, it was clear that in order to establish a space of safety and respect, recording the sessions was not appropriate. So instead, we invited renowned cultural anthropologist Dr. Amiee Cox to listen to the sessions, and to independently share her thoughts. The report that follows is a collection of observations that are hers and hers alone, and not necessarily those of NoVo or any other partners.

Of course, no short summary can ever begin to fully capture the perspectives and complexity of girls of color and the communities in which they live, and this summary does not seek to do so. Instead it offers one window into the lives of girls whose perspectives are too often overlooked and ignored. We are eager to share Dr. Cox’s reflections so that they can inform the work of others throughout the country.

Meet Dr. Amiee Cox

Aimee is a cultural anthropologist and a movement artist who teaches at Fordham University where she is the Associate Chair of the African and African American Studies Department, Creator and Director of the Fashion Studies Minor, and advisor to the Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA program in Dance. Aimee is the author of Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke 2015) and the forthcoming edited volume, Gender: Space (MacMillan). She is also editing a special issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America on art and knowledge production in the academy. Aimee has written peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on performance, race and gender in youth culture, and the politics of cultural production. She is a former professional dancer who toured widely with Ailey II/The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and is the founder of BlackLight, a young women of color-led activist art initiative that has produced community-based projects in Detroit, Newark, and New York City.

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