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Zora's Daughters

Zora's Daughters

By Zora's Daughters
Following the legacy of Zora Neale Hurston and other Black women ethnographers, we bring a critical anthropological lens to popular topics. We aim to combat the erasure and silencing of Black women’s voices and experiences through discussion and upliftment of each other.
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Holy is the Black Woman
It's all about God's greatest hits today! Alyssa and Brendane kick off the episode with 'Defund Reform Abolish,' before getting into the colonial and religious history and use of the word diaspora. They debate whether the Jamaican immigrant community is a diaspora and get into some African diaspora religions before moving on to the text of the week: Transcendent Kingdom (2020) by Yaa Gyasi, the story of a PhD student dealing with grief, mental illness, and faith - it definitely elicited some strong feelings! Finally, we reveal who the blockheaded dude Brendane was talking about in the last episode and discuss the high - and problematic - standards women must meet in the church. Stay tuned to the end for another little behind-the-scenes of ZD! Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: Transcendent Kingdom (Yaa Gyasi, 2020) The Myth of the Negro Past (Melville J. Herskovits, 1941) European Immigrants in the United States in 2014 (Migration Policy Institute, 2015) Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100 - no prerequisites needed! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
1:34:30
October 14, 2020
Deathcraft Country
In today's episode, Alyssa and Brendane explain why we chose 'Daughters', play a new game called "Defund Reform Abolish," and unpack Achille Mbembe's concept of necropolitics in conversation with Angela Davis' brilliant essay “Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights” who helps us contextualizes the history of birth control movements and eugenics. In our What in the World?! segment, we ask What in the Jordan Peele?! is up with the mass hysterectomies in ICE detention, the erasure of Black immigrants from the immigration outrage, and the neo-Malthusian rhetoric surrounding COVID-19 as a solution to overpopulation and climate change. Plus, we get a little off-topic and start talking about 90 Day Fiance. Discussed this week: Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights (Angela Davis, 1983) Necropolitics (Achille Mbembe, 2003) Whistleblower Alleges 'Medical Neglect,' Questionable Hysterectomies Of ICE Detainees (NPR, 2020) World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50% (The Guardian, 2020) Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
1:24:01
September 30, 2020
Lorde Take the Wheel
In today's episode, Brendane and Alyssa are doing the Lorde's work! We talk ideal care packages, the history of the fetish (wassup Freud, Marx, and problematic anthropologists!) and contemporary racial/sexual fetishization, the invisibility and hypervisibility of Black women, honor Audre Lorde's Transformation of Silence into Language and Action, PLUS a ZD first: a guest! In our What in the World?! segment, we discuss the sexual harassment allegations in Harvard's anthropology department and speak with Harvard Anthropology PhD candidate Chrystel Oloukoï about the double-edged sword of institutional whisper networks and how misogynoir excludes Black women from the "safety" of these networks. P.S. Tune in until the end for a little surprise! Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action (Audre Lorde, 1978) How Do We Listen to the Living? (Brendane Tynes, 2020) You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South (John Cork, 2014) Summertime Selves (On Professionalization) (Nick Mitchell, 2019) The Patron (Nell Gluckman, 2020) Protected by Decades-Old Power Structures, Three Renowned Harvard Anthropologists Face Allegations of Sexual Harassment (James S. Bikales, 2020) Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
1:31:56
September 16, 2020
The World is Basura en Fuego
The world is a dumpster fire! Today we're talking about what's been helping us get through quarantine, the Anthropocene and the hypocrisy of its hyper-ethics, Black feminist futurity and imagination and environmental racism and the slow violence of redlining, superfund sites, and the water in Flint, MI. We also discuss the value of taking up arms versus taking up community care during and after the revolution, as well as the ethics, politics, and erotics of sharing videos of Black death. Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: Blackness and the Pitfalls of Anthropocene Ethics (Axelle Karera, 2019) Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Donna J. Haraway, 2016) How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering (The New York Times, Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich, 2020) In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Christina Sharpe, 2016) Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100. Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
1:27:33
September 2, 2020
There's Some Anthros in this House
Today we're answering the question What makes this anthropology?, discussing the politics of respectability and its iterations for African-Americans vs. Jamaican immigrants, we celebrate Black women’s bodies and Jamaican dancehall with Carolyn Cooper's essay "Lady Saw Cuts Loose: Female Fertility Rituals in the Dancehall", and we bring it to popular culture with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's new banger WAP and Kamala Harris' historic nomination as the Democratic candidate for VP to think about the tax Black women must pay when they're in positions of power. Discussed this week: "The Emergence of Modern Blackness in Jamaica" (Deborah Thomas, 2007) "Lady Saw Cuts Loose: Female Fertility Rituals in the Dancehall" (Carolyn Cooper, 2004) "You Want Me To Watch The Kids While You Go Out With Another Guy?" (Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel, 2020) "Bullshit Jobs: A Theory" (David Graeber, 2018) "Dude, You're a Fag": Masculinity and Sexuality in High School (C.J. Pascoe, 2011) Transcript will be available on our website: https://bit.ly/ZDTranscript3 Be sure to check out the Zora's Daughters 100 syllabus for the First Semester of the podcast: http://zorasdaughters.com/zoras-daughters-100/ Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
1:44:27
August 19, 2020
Ain't I a Woman?
In this episode, we're talking about archetypes of Black women - the Mammy, the Jezebel, the Sapphire - and the ways they continue to be used against Black women, we fangirl over Hortense Spillers, and Alyssa struggles with pronunciation (#DecolonizeLanguage!). We dig into the repercussions of the Moynihan report, ungendering, and Tory Lanez's alleged assault of Megan Thee Stallion. This episode ends with our commitment to #ProtectALLBlackWomen and uplifting the names of recently murdered Black transwomen Alejandra Monocuco, Tiffany Harris / Dior H Ova, and Queasha Hardy. Content Warning: This episode discusses U.S. slavery, rape and rape culture, and intimate partner violence. If you would like to skip over the latter section, it's from 1:02:00 - 1:24:35. Discussed this week: Reparations for Aunt Jemima! (Still Processing, 2020) Ain’t I a Woman? (Sojourner Truth, 1851) Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book (Hortense Spillers, 1987) Sapphire as Praxis: Toward a Methodology of Anger (Bettina Judd, 2019) Thank you everyone for your support of our GoFundMe! We are fully funded and have hired two Black women transcriptionists. We are incredibly heartened!  Justice for Alejandra: https://www.change.org/p/superintendencia-de-salud-colombia-justice-for-alejandra Justice for Queasha: https://www.change.org/p/baton-rouge-police-department-justice-for-queasha-hardy Transcript is available NOW on our brand NEW website: bit.ly/ZDTranscript2 Be sure to check out the Zora's Daughters 100 syllabus for the First Semester of the podcast: http://zorasdaughters.com/zoras-daughters-100/ Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
1:26:13
August 5, 2020
What in the Misogynoir?!
It's OUR FIRST FULL EPISODE! We're talking about misogynoir: our experiences, transmisogynoir, the erasure of Zora Neale Hurston and her rediscovery thanks to Alice Walker, Essence Magazine drama, how gatekeeping benefits Black men, Brendane's viral Twitter thread, and we ask WHY, Academia? WHY?! Discussed this week: On misogynoir: citation, erasure, and plagiarism (Moya Bailey and Trudy, 2018) Looking for Zora (Alice Walker, 1975) A Society of One: Zora Neale Hurston, American Contrarian (The New Yorker, Claudia Roth Pierpoint, 1997) Thick: And Other Essays (Tressie McMillan Cottom, 2019) (Support Black-owned: The Lit. Bar) Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter! Transcript available at http://bit.ly/ZDTranscript1
1:22:02
July 22, 2020
The World Simultaneously Is and Is Not Ready For Us
An introduction to Zora's Daughters: a biweekly podcast where Alyssa and Brendane take a close look at some of the things we encounter in our everyday lives with the  goal of spreading love and affirmation, and demonstrating how thinking like a Black feminist anthropologist can contribute to understanding and changing the world around us. Follow us on Twitter @Zoras_Daughters and on Instagram @ZorasDaughters. Transcript available here: bitly.com/ZDTranscript0
02:36
July 15, 2020