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workshops, conferences, presentations, after school programs and more. Their work has already led to the acknowledgement of National HIV/AIDs Awareness Day in Brooklyn.
B: Brittany, you call yourself the "Protector of Black Girl Magic," what exactly does that mean and how does KIMBRITIVE as a whole protect black girl magic?
B: One of your workshops is called " Standing Up in a Crooked Room: Techniques to Help Empower Young Black Women and Girls through Popular Culture." What need did you seek to fill by creating this workshop? What is the core lesson that is taught?
“When they confront race and gender stereotypes, black women are standing in a crooked room, and they have to figure out which way is up. Bombarded with warped images of their humanity, some black women tilt and bend themselves to fit the distortion....To understand why black women's public actions and political strategies sometimes seem tilted in ways that accommodate the degrading stereotypes about them, it is important to appreciate the structural constraints that influence their behavior. It can be hard to stand up straight in a crooked room.” (pg. 62)
B: Do either of you have any memorable instances from your outreach where you could feel the impact you made in that moment? If so, can you describe that situation?