This book discusses a critical analysis of the cultural atmosphere surrounding young women of color and the influence of this culture on their development as females in a society that embodies race, class and gender as the forefront of self-identity. Analyzing magazines and popular series novels, television shows, social and academic spaces and personal life experiences of young women of color, the book explores from historical forms of understanding and interpreting females of color and their role in youth culture to what those practices and spaces look like today.
Dr. Regina A. Bernard was born and raised in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen, and emotionally still resides there. She was a graduating pioneer of the African American Studies Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University, where she then worked as the Assistant Editor of the Malcolm X Multimedia Project. She then completed her M. Phil and PhD in Urban Education at the Graduate Center in New York. Currently an Assistant Professor at Baruch College in New York City, she teaches undergraduate courses in Black and Latino/a studies. She has also published essays in
What You Don’t Know About Schools and in the
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Youth Culture. Outside of her academic schema, Dr. Bernard runs a community group of women of all ages, where they discuss social dilemmas, as they work together to keep NYC the great place that it is. This is her first book on young women of color and feminism.