Zoe Samudzi is a black feminist writer whose work has appeared in a number of spaces including The New Inquiry, Warscapes, Truthout, ROAR Magazine, Teen Vogue, BGD, Bitch Media, and Verso, among others. She is also a member of the 2017/18 Public Imagination cohort of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Fellows Program, and she is a member of the Black Aesthetic, an Oakland-based group and film series exploring the multitudes and diversities of black imagination and creativity.
She is presently a Sociology PhD student at the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences where academic interests include biomedicalization theory, productions of race and gender, and transgender health. She is a recipient of the 2016-17 Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. Her dissertation “‘I don’t believe I should be treated like a second citizen by anybody’: Narratives of agency and exclusion amongst male and transgender female sex workers in Cape Town, South Africa” engages hegemonic gender constructs in South Africa as they affect identity construction and health of transgender women and cisgender men in sex work.
Zoe sits down with Brett to apply critical race theory to our current US society.
Topics Include: The Anarchism of Blackness, Double Consciousness, Zoe’s experiences growing up as a black girl in the Midwest, the failures of white liberalism and the democratic party, Trump, racist and sexist tropes in film, the White Gaze, and much more!
Here is Zoe’s website: http://www.zoesamudzi.com/
Follow Zoe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ztsamudzi
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