"PLAYED: Music as Violence Against Black Girls on YouTube" – A Public Talk by Kyra Gaunt

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Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt uses song, scholarship, and digital media to disclose disconnects in music, culture, and technology that perpetuate violence against girls online.

Her first book, The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop (NYU Press), and subsequent publications contributed to the emergence of hip-hop music studies, black girlhood studies, and hip-hop feminism. She was featured in the viral TED video "How the Jump Rope Got Its Rhythm," which reached over 7M+ views and was published in over 28 languages, and in 2020 she became a Senior TED Fellow. Her article "The Magic of Black Girls' Play" was an editors' pick in the New York Times in July 2020.

Her talk will be taken from her next project, entitled PLAYED: Music as Violence Against Black Girls on YouTube.

Presented as part of the Mount Holyoke College Music Department Musicologies Speaker Series and Gender Studies Black Feminisms Speaker Series.

For more info, please contact Adeline Mueller.

For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request accommodations, please contact Shannon DaSilva. Please make accommodation requests no later than 72 hours in advance to give implementation time. In all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

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Thursday, September 17 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

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Lectures & Presentations

Event Topic

Academic, Arts/Music/Film, Diversity & Inclusion, Social Justice

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Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff



Gender Studies, Music, Psychology and Education, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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