Kyra Gaunt. Ph.D. Is the author of the award-winning, radical counter-history The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop. She teaches at Baruch College-CUNY using digital media in her classroom to teach anthropology, ethnomusicology, racism and sociology courses since 2007. The reflexive analysis in her book revealed the hidden musicianship in marginalized black girls’ embodied play. For over 20 years, she has examined how race, gender and youth culture is played out through the embodied sound cultures and kinetic oralities of girls' musical blackness. She is currently conducting an ethnography of twerking videos to that examine social mobility online and off, multiple forms of capital and self-presentation in the convergence of legacy media and user-generated participatory media among marginalized youth as well as the unintended consequences of that use. There is a new digital divide and YouTube is a great place to see how it works among marginalized tween girls.
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