The Lemonade Project Session 3


You Got A Right to Be Mad: Self Care and Womanhood

It’s the holiday season, Atlanta, and “The Lemonade Project” is getting real about self-care.

With the help of facilitators, we’ll continue “The Lemonade Project’s” dive into identity and discuss how identity is linked to personal care. Take part in an exercise that will reveal how our experiences and biases affect our preconceived notions of others and their identities. Unpack the damaging narrative of the “strong black woman” and the cult of true womanhood and become aware of how pervasive these stories are our culture. We’ll also spend time reflecting on the many facets of our identities, the privileges or disadvantages of our identities, our awareness of our own identities, and more. 

To end the year out for “The Lemonade Project”, enjoy a music therapy and adult coloring session.

About the moderators:

Blair Banks (MODA)

Blair Banks is the Education Coordinator and Manager of Design Club at MODA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Race and Ethnicity Studies from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Over her four years of study, she enrolled in courses dealing with racial violence, black womanhood, social stratification, and identity, culminating in two senior projects exploring the commodification of the black body in the late 19th and early 20th century, as well as the racialization of Black Seminoles in the South.

Though her studies have focused on the past, she is excited to use current popular culture, like Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade, and the accompanying Lemonade Syllabus to uncover a trend in themes and experiences within communities of color.

Aretina Hamilton (Lab Atlanta)

Aretina Hamilton is a Cultural Geographer whose research intersects with Race, Gender, and Sexuality. She is PhD  Candidate in Geography at the University of Kentucky, and holds a Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the same university.  Prior to relocating to Atlanta to join the faculty of Lab Atlanta, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Ohio University. During this time, she taught a course entitled The Black Woman which used Beyonce's discography to teach about race, gender, feminism, and women’s empowerment. In addition to teaching, she has presented research at several academic conferences which have focused on Beyonce’s work as a discourse on Black Feminism.

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