#ThatBlackCouple Ep 5 – The Erasure of Black Women’s Work

In the first segment, Jenn and Daren discuss the Canadian Poet Laureate who stole ‘Still I Rise’ from Maya Angelou, the problem with those “Phenomenal Women” t-shirts, and the historical erasure of Black Women’s work.

In the second segment, they talk about the role of Black women in the workplace, very public examples of Black women’s erasure like the adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s novel “Who Fears Death” at HBO, and the ways patriarchy also operates to shut up Black women like Jemele Hill and Munroe Bergdorf.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren reflect on their own relationships with the erasure of Black women and how they navigate that in their lives and in their relationship.

Articles For Reference:
* It’s time we honor Black women for their anti-racist work: http://watercoolerconvos.com/2017/09/16/will-honor-black-women-anti-racist-anti-misogynist-work/
* Why I will no longer use my unpaid labor to discuss race in America with white people: http://watercoolerconvos.com/2017/09/10/will-no-longer-use-unpaid-labor-discuss-race-america-white-people/
* On Nnedi Okorafor and when Hollywood values our work but erases our names: http://watercoolerconvos.com/2017/09/14/nnedi-okorafor-erasure/
* Canada’s Ex-Poet Laureate Stole From Tupac and Maya Angelou in the Greatest Cultural Appropriation of All Time: http://thegrapevine.theroot.com/poet-laureate-steals-from-tupac-and-maya-angelou-in-the-1803754763
* ‘Plagiarists never do it once’: meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/09/poetry-plagiarism-copying-maya-angelou-ira-lightman-will-storr
* Randy Wood’s ‘cover versions’ spread music across America: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/randy-wood-cover-versions-tutti-frutti-young-love-spread-music-america-article-1.143971

*For information from the Economic Policy Institute on Black women in the workforce go here: http://www.epi.org/blog/black-women-have-to-work-7-months-into-2017-to-be-paid-the-same-as-white-men-in-2016/

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This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.

Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

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