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Publications

 

BOOKS

Douthit, P. (9th Wonder), Harper, Jim C., and Blay, Y. (projected July 2017). A History of Hip Hop. Under contract with Kendall Hunt Publishers.

Blay, Y. (2013) (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. Philadelphia, PA: BLACKprint Press

JOURNAL EDITING

Blay, Y.A. & Charles, C.A.D. (Guest Editors). The Journal of Pan African Studies (2011, Vol. 4: No. 4) – Special Issue: Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy

Blay, Y.A. (Guest Editor). Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies (2009, Issue 14) – Special Issue: “Struck by Lightening”: The Transnational Phenomenon of Skin Bleaching.

Blay, Y.A. & Story, K. A. (Guest Editors) The Journal of Pan African Studies (2007, Vol. 1: No. 7) – Special Issue: “Engendering” the Diaspora: Gender, Culture, Race and Identity in the Contemporary African World.

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

Blay, Y.A. (2010). Lil’ Kim (Re)Viewed: A Review of Greg Thomas’s Hip Hop Revolution in the Flesh: Power, Knowledge, and Pleasure in Lil Kim’s Lyricism.  Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture:  “Sex and Hip-Hop Beyond Misogyny.” (Vol. 4: Issue 2, pp. 28-31)

Blay, Y.A. (2008). All the “Africans” are Men, all the “Sistas” are “American,” but Some of Us Resist: Realizing African Feminism(s) as an Africological Research Methodology. Journal of Pan African Studies (Vol. 2: No. 2, pp. 58-73) – Special Issue: Africology: Dimensions and Dynamics.

ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS

Blay, Y. (2016) Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy. In J.C. Harper, C. Johnson, J. Hargrove, & T. Frazier (Eds.).  New Topics in the African Diaspora. Under contract with Kendall Hunt Publishers.

Blay, Y.A. & Charles, C.A.D. (2011). Editorial: Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy. The Journal of Pan African Studies (Vol. 4: No. 4, pp. 1-3) – Special Issue: Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy.

Blay, Y.A. (2011). Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy: By Way of Introduction. The Journal of Pan African Studies (Vol. 4: No. 4, pp. 4-46) – Special Issue: Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy.

Blay, Y.A. (2010). “Pretty Color ‘n Good Hair”: Creole Women of New Orleans and the Politics of Identity. In R. Spellers & K. Moffitt (Eds.) Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities (pp. 29-52). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Blay, Y.A. (2009). Editorial: ‘Struck by Lightening:’ The Transnational Phenomenon of Skin Bleaching. Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies (Issue 14, pp. 1-10)  – Special Issue:  “Struck by Lightening:” The Transnational Phenomenon of Skin Bleaching.

Blay, Y.A. (2009). “Ahɔɔfe Kasa!”: Skin Bleaching and the Function of Beauty among Ghanaian Women. Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies (Issue 14, 51-85)  – Special Issue: “Struck by Lightening”: The Transnational Phenomenon of Skin Bleaching.

Blay, Y.A. & Story, K.A. (2007). Editorial: “Engendering” the Diaspora: Gender, Culture, Race and Identity in the Contemporary African World.  The Journal of Pan African Studies (Vol. 1: No. 7, pp. 1-2) – Special Issue:   “Engendering” the Diaspora: Gender, Culture, Race and Identity in the Contemporary African World.

REFERENCE BOOK ESSAYS

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Abosom. In M.K. Asante and A. Mazama (Eds.) Encyclopedia of African Religions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Adae. In M.K. Asante and A. Mazama (Eds.) Encyclopedia of African Religions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Adinkra Symbols. In M.K. Asante and A. Mazama (Eds.) Encyclopedia of African Religions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Akan. In M.K. Asante and A. Mazama (Eds.) Encyclopedia of African Religions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Asamando. In M.K. Asante and A. Mazama (Eds.) Encyclopedia of African Religions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Asase Yaa. In M.K. Asante and A. Mazama (Eds.) Encyclopedia of African Religions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Color Symbolism. In M.K. Asante and A. Mazama (Eds.) Encyclopedia of African Religions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Sunsum. In M.K. Asante and A. Mazama (Eds.) Encyclopedia of African Religions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Akan. In R. M. Juang and N. Morrissette (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Creole/Criollo. In R. M. Juang and N. Morrissette (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Cudjoe. In R. M. Juang and N. Morrissette (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Khoisan. In R. M. Juang and N. Morrissette (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Cromanti. In C.B. Davies (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Blay, Y.A. (2008). Obeah. In C.B. Davies (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

POPULAR PRESS ARTICLES

Blay, Y. (2015, Apr. 25) Color Coded: Lil Kim’s Lighter, Whiter Skin is a Sad Indictment of Racism. The Daily Beast

Blay, Y. (2016, Feb. 8) On ‘Jackson Five Nostrils,’ Creole vs. ‘Negro’ and Beefing Over Beyonce’s ‘Formation’. Colorlines

Blay, Y. (2014, Feb. 3). Dencia Wants to Set the Record Straight on Whitenicious. [INTERVIEW]. Ebony Magazine (Online)

Blay, Y. (2012, Jan. 21). Opinion: What does Blackness look Like? CNN In America

Blay, Y. (2011, Nov. 2). Who’s Black, Who’s Not, and Who Cares? (op-ed) Uptown Magazine

Blay, Y. (2011, Issue 2). (1)ne Drop. Hycide Magazine (print and online)