PURPLE POINTS: Conversations Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Color Purple

PhotoGrid_1420714518918In recognition and celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the film The Color Purple the Hiphopscholar will be hosting Purple Points, a series of conversations about the film and its legacy. Purple Points addresses the impact and relevance of The Color Purple. The issues in the film are as significant as they were 30 years ago. Themes range from, self-love, religion, intimate partner violence, entrepreneurism, sexism, and much more. The Purple Points conversations are planned around specific topics and the interviewees’ areas of expertise. Purple Points is a series within the Scholars On video series. Scholars On is a form of collaborative online scholarship. Our goal is to have academic dialogue minus the stuffiness and sometimes limited reach of ideas. This is a space to engage the public and other scholars about approaches to analyzing media. In a seductive media environment, media literacy is critical.  Our idea is to promote a space for more immediate engagement with media at a pace closer to how we experience it.


Purple Points Video #11

Guest: Yolanda Gotier a practicing psychotherapist, is the Executive Director of Alternatives to Family Violence in Adams County, Co, Ifa Priestess of Oshun and a long time community activist. She specializes in advocacy, services and support for women and children survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.


Purple Points Video #10

Guest: Sola Bamis is an actress in television, film, and theatre, as well as a voiceover artist. She most recently appeared as Shirley, on the final season of the Emmy Award-winning series, Mad Men, and is the medical technician, Ayo, on ABC Family’s new summer show, Stitchers. Other television credits include Killer Women and Mistresses on ABC, Perception on TNT, and Jane By Design on ABC Family. In addition, she’s lent her voice talents to radio and television commercials, as well as some video games.


Purple Points Video #9

Guest: Kalvin Harvell – Professor of Sociology at Henry Ford College. His teaching and research focuses on Critical Race Theory, Global Leadership, The Sociology of Education and the Sociology of the Black Experience in the U.S.


Purple Points Video #8

Guest: Michael B. Gillespie – Associate Professor in the Media and Communication Arts and Black Studies Program at CCNY. His teaching and research focuses on film theory, black visual and expressive culture, historiography, global cinema, film adaptation, and genre theory. His forthcoming book, Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film, from Duke University Press releases in 2016.


Purple Points Video #7

Guest: Traci Currie- Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Visual Arts, at the University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Currie specializes in poetry and oral performance with an emphasis on self-identity and diversity. Dr. Currie also works with the Genesee Valley Regional Center Juvenile Detention Center in Flint.  She works with young people in the juvenile system on self-expression and writing skills.


Purple Points Video #6

Guest: Regina Bradley- Assistant Professor, African American Literature, Armstrong State University. Dr. Bradley is The Red Clay Scholar, Creator of Outkasted Conversations and a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow at Harvard University.


Purple Points Video #5

Guest: Golda Smith – Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Cleansing Coach. She is the creator of FitMommyBlog.com (Faith, Family, Food, Fitness).


Purple Points Video #4

Guest: Carlton Usher – Associate Professor, Political Science, Kennesaw State University – Kennesaw. Check out his books: A Rhyme is a Terrible Things to Waste and Back in the Days Remix: 10th Anniversary Edition


Purple Points Video #3

Guest: Ayesha Hardison – Associate Professor, English, Ohio University – Athens. Check out her new book: Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature


Purple Points Video #2

Guest: Stephany Rose – Assistant Professor, Women and Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Check out her new book:  Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop: Crises in Whiteness


 Purple Points Video #1:

Guest:  Aretina Hamilton – Visiting Assistant Professor, African American Studies, Ohio University – Athens. Her research focuses on geography, black women, popular culture, and  gender and sexuality studies







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