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Introduction to Suspended Animation

Adaeze Elechi


Suspended Animation by Adaeze ElechiAn essay film on identity. My best friend Sierra and I were on the receiving end of an unsettling dichotomy of expectations: on one hand, we are educated and were taught in the classrooms that all people are equal regardless of race, gender, and nationality. After school, we went home and turned on the TV, or opened magazines, and were met with negative stereotypes of black women that were so much more powerful than what we were being taught at school. Simultaneously, we were learning from the black community that as strong and educated black women we must elevate ourselves above all the negativity. It was almost as though we were not allowed to acknowledge and feel the hurt.


Identity; Black Women; Media

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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