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Misogynoir Transformed: How Nelly Made Me a Digital Alchemist

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Dr. Moya Bailey, C'2005, will discuss the so called "Nelly Protest" that she, Asha Jennings, C'2004, and Leana Cabral, C'2006, initiated during her time at Spelman College. What began as a request for conversation and explanation regarding the rapper’s dehumanizing treatment of Black women in his lyrics and videos gained international attention. Bailey will explore how this early action around issues of Black women's representation in pop culture led her to coin the term misogynoir, which describes the unique anti-Black racist misogyny that Black women experience.

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This event is part of an ongoing lecture series "The Future is Intersectional: Black Women Interrogating Technology," organized by the Spelman College Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, in collaboration with the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry and Mozilla.


Moya Bailey Dr. Moya Bailey, C'2005, is an assistant professor of Africana Studies and the program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion, and she is interested in how race, gender and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. Dr. Bailey currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network. She is an MLK Visiting Scholar at MIT for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Dr. Bailey attended Spelman College where she initially endeavored to become a physician. She fell in love with women’s studies and activism, ultimately driving her to graduate school in lieu of medicine. As an undergrad, she received national attention for her involvement in the Nelly Protest at Spelman, a moment that solidified her deep commitment to examining representations of Black women in popular culture. She is co-author of "#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice" and author of the forthcoming "Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance."

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