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安吉拉akumiah,从熊,手机赌博州一名大二学生,在社会学和政治学双学位与妇女研究未成年人。
安吉拉akumiah,从熊,手机赌博州一名大二学生,在社会学和政治学双学位与妇女研究未成年人。

音乐与消息

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UD的安吉拉akumiah探索差异多么年轻的黑人妇女涉及到流行的黑人音乐

编者按:研究,社区服务,实习和出国留学通常让夏天难忘的手机赌博学生的许多大学。而冠状病毒(covid-19)大流行牵制一些活动,UD学生继续与数百个远程显着的项目。看看我们的系列型材和故事,这也被在夏天聚光灯突出 网站.

安吉拉akumiah,从熊,手机赌博州一名大二学生,在社会学和政治学双学位与妇女研究未成年人。

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问:你在学习和谁在一起?

akumiah: My research looks at the relationships between middle-class Black women and Black popular music. I primarily focused on R&B music, but also explored how women are represented in hip-hop. My research was sponsored by the McNair Scholars Program and my faculty adviser is Emerald Christopher-Byrd, assistant professor of women and gender studies.

问:是什么启发这个项目?

akumiah: My love for music serves as the biggest inspiration for this project. I enjoy a variety of genres, but this past year I took two courses that focused on hip-hop music. While I appreciated learning about hip-hop culture, I noticed that scholars tend to solely focus on hip-hop when studying the Black experience through music. I thought that it would be interesting to study topics normally explored through hip-hop, but use R&B music instead because it might offer a different perspective on the Black experience. My experiences as a Black woman who is in college also inspires this project as I decided to focus on women with similar identities. I feel like I can really relate to messages throughout R&B lyrics and wondered if other young, Black women with similar socioeconomic backgrounds felt the same way.

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问:什么是关于这个话题的兴趣吗?

akumiah: I find it really interesting how music acts as a microcosm of society. Part of my research involves looking at the evolution of Black music in America and it is clear that messages in music reflect social issues and movements throughout history. If listeners really take the time to think about the lyrics that they're hearing — whether it be hip-hop or R&B — they will find themselves learning a lot about society and history which shows that music truly is an educational tool. I also think it's really interesting how one's personal experiences influence how music resonates with them. When we think about the representation of Black women in music, I think people tend to think about how Black women are physically represented; however, this research has shown me that Black women must also feel emotionally represented in music before a song/artist/genre resonates with them.

问:已covid-19型你为这个项目的计划?是灵活性的东西,来得容易的吗?

akumiah: 我真的很高兴,我的大部分计划这个项目是可能的,无论大流行。该病毒确实导致了一些不便与时间,而且是具有挑战性的有教师,几乎能满足,但在大多数情况下我还没有遇到重大问题。我不得不调整我的时间表几次,因为事情如获取IRB [机构审查委员会]审批似乎需要更长的时间,但我认识到,这是因为每个人都仍在努力应付一切事情。我的采访也必须是虚拟这又是不是一个巨大的问题。在家工作是非常困难的,因为它是硬没有一个工作空间,从我的休闲空间分开的,但是这是什么我已经习惯了。通常情况下,灵活性也来之不易的我,所以我能够很快调整。

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Q值。什么是您的研究可能的现实世界的应用程序?

akumiah: 我希望我的研究鼓励手机赌博他们的方法多样化,研究黑人妇女的经历。它表明,在各种社会经济空间存在的黑人妇女,正因为如此,我们不能仅仅依靠一个流派或概括为学习他们的方式。它也重申它是多么的重要,要注意交叉不仅仅是性别和种族身份。这是可能的,这项研究提供了黑人妇女谁是在大学或者刚毕业的学生和他们的经验,他们融入以白人为主的空间有不同的理解。 ,人口必须同时浏览经济流动性,性别/种族问题和自己的情绪,我想了解他们觉得如何连接到流行文化的各个方面,如音乐,是了解他们的经验是至关重要的。与本研究考虑,我最终希望看到黑人妇女在大学更多的支持,无论是通过院校或机构。我希望看到更多的情感支持和专门为黑人妇女创造相互连接的空间。一些我看着研究表明,在大学校园里,黑人妇女没有当谈到自己的浏览复杂的身份得到足够的援助。通过willma亨利的一篇文章探讨了“姐妹圈”,我绝对爱的想法。这些有组织的团体,其中黑人妇女可以讲述他们的经历和建立友谊,我很乐意看到那些鼓励和校园提供让学生不必觉得他们有去别处寻找支持。我希望能看到更多的大学提出的努力,通过这些挑战已经多年,以帮助黑人妇女。

Q值。你如何解释你的工作,以五年级或某人的祖父母?

akumiah: Basically, I looked into the experiences of Black women who are in college or recently finished college and explored how they relate to R&B music. In a way it was like watching a video/movie scene and seeing what song fits best in the background.

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Q值。什么建议您给年轻的孩子有相似兴趣(初中或高中)?

akumiah: 我想提醒年轻的孩子不要让任何人告诉他们,他们的研究兴趣都没有“学术”够了。什么都可以成为一个研究课题,即使是他们在每天享受这样的音乐的东西。不要觉得被类型的项目,其他同学都在做吓倒,而是专注于如何有创意在你的工作,因为这将真正使它脱颖而出。

问:有由大流行所需要的改变而改变你对什么观点?你会共享一个或两个例子吗?

akumiah: 流感大流行已经鼓励我看重任何进展,即使看起来像一个很大的进步不会。有次在今年夏天的时候我感到沮丧,因为我不认为我是工作不够努力,或者我没有得到足够的完成,因为在家里分心。然而,当它是时候把我的介绍一起座谈会上,我发现我有很多比我预期更多的材料 - 这么多,这是很难适应一切都变成只需10分钟。前大流行,我也认为我的个人生活对我的学术生活影响不大,但是当我看到我的随大流挫折如何对我的职业道德,我意识到它是多么重要的是病人对自己产生不利的影响。

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