Issues of Our Time - The Help

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Issues of Our Time is a new section of JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies devoted to a prompt and timely analysis of pressing issues of national or international concern by scholars, activists, and intellectuals. The inaugural issue focuses on the film, The Help, which was based on best-selling book, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. The film was directed by Stockett's friend, Tate Taylor. The film stars Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and others. The production companies for the film include DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation and 1492 Pictures. The film is distributed by Touchstone Pictures.

Table of Contents


Editorial: Issues of Our Time on The Help PDF
Nkiru Nzegwu


Helen Dennis Discusses Her Experiences as a Domestic Worker PDF WMV
Helen Dennis, Michael J. Dennis


Sisterhood PDF
Nkiru Uwechia


The Solace of Preparing Fried Foods and Other Quaint Remembrances from 1960s Mississippi: Thoughts on The Help PDF
Roxane Gay
The Help, a Feel-Good Movie for White People PDF
Valerie Boyd
Reading The Help PDF
Susannah Bartlow
Will We Rise to the Challenge?: Three Ways of Viewing The Help PDF
Ulli K. Ryder
Chocolate Breast Milk: A Review of The Help PDF
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
Where The Help Is: A Latina Perspective on Hollywood PDF
Rosa Maria Pegueros
An Open Statement to the Fans of The Help PDF
Association of Black Women Historians
African-American Domestics in Defense of Themselves PDF
Vanessa H. May
Kathryn Stockett Is Not My Sister and I Am Not Her Help PDF
Duchess Harris
The Help Fizzles as Historical Fiction (Book Review) PDF
Jannifer McAdoo
The Help: A Review PDF
Katelin Hansen
How to Make Mammies and Influence People PDF
Lasana Kazembe
'The Help' Leaves her Longing for a More Authentic Story PDF
Duchess Harris
The Help Promises Drama, but Delivers ONE Liner! (Movie Review) PDF
Jannifer McAdoo
'The Help' and White Female Identity PDF
Stephanie M. Crumpton
The Help and the Voices of African American Women PDF
Rebecca Sharpless
To All Who Loved The Help and to Those Who Found It Problematic PDF
Linda A. Bell
A Black Girl from South Carolina Responds to Novel The Help PDF
Angela M. Nelson
On Not Accepting the Terms in which the Exploitation Takes Place PDF
Ellen Moody
Helped: A Personal, Multi-Racial, Undignified, Non-Redemption Story PDF
Moira K. Amado-McCoy
Whiteness and White Guilt in the Re-Imaging of the Civil Rights Era in The Help PDF
Janell Hobson
Eudora Welty's Jackson: 'The Help' In Context PDF
W. Ralph Eubanks
Help Wanted PDF
Michael J. Dennis
The Spectrum of 'Elite White Southern Women': Responding to The Help PDF
Trysh A. Travis
"I Just Made Shit Up!" Kathryn Stockett and The Story Behind 'The Help' PDF
Shydel James

Historical Documents

More Slavery at the South PDF
A Negro Nurse
Old Plantation Days: Being Recollections of Southern Life Before the Civil War PDF
Nancy Bostick De Saussure