Buy Black: How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture

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Buy Black examines the role American Black women play in Black consumption in the US and worldwide, with a focus on their pivotal role in packaging Black feminine identity since the 1960s. Through an exploration of the dolls, princesses, and rags-to-riches stories that represent Black girlhood and womanhood in everything from haircare to Nicki Minaj’s hip-hop, Aria S. Halliday spotlights how the products created by Black women have furthered Black women’s position as the moral compass and arbiter of Black racial progress.

Far-ranging and bold, Buy Black reveals what attitudes inform a contemporary Black sensibility based in representation and consumerism. It also traces the parameters of Black symbolic power, mapping the sites where intraracial ideals of blackness, womanhood, beauty, play, and sexuality meet and mix in consumer and popular culture.
Original languageAmerican English
Place of PublicationUrbana
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages208
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-252-05326-9
ISBN (Print)978-0-252-04427-4, 978-0-252-08635-9
StatePublished - Apr 26 2022


  • African American Culture
  • cultural studies
  • popular culture
  • Girlhood Studies
  • women and gender studies


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