Leona Satchell-Samuels
Cultural Sociologist

“Beyond the Problem of Blackness”
The Poetics of Black Love in Digital Space
#ProjectBlack

Beyond the Problem of Blackness: Researching Black Joy

Beyond the Problem of Blackness: Researching Black Joy

When I started this project I knew I did not what to talk about race[ism]; but about “self-articulated Blackness”. That’s how I thought about it. I didn’t want to write about policing and criminalisation; housing and gentrification; education and low achievement; or any of the other ways of asking the question, “How does it feel to be a problem?” (W.E.B Du Bois, 1903). I wanted to write about Black joy.

I recognise now, as a social researcher, that that drive came in part from the pervasive sorrow in my personal life. This was a process of catharsis and generating hope. I wanted my research to reflect the gaps between the struggle, (against the state, each other, and even within ourselves). To magnify those quiet moments when you come home and take off your cool. Continue Reading

Black, Brilliant & Book Smart: Pleasure & Sexual Autonomy in Public Space (Bonus Episode)

Black, Brilliant & Book Smart: Pleasure & Sexual Autonomy in Public Space (Bonus Episode)

Three young Black British women, who are academics and friends, sit down to talk about their PhD journey, their research areas, the joys and the challenges…   All episodes will posted to http://nicholeblack.com/project-black as they become available… Twitter: @LeonaNBlack Facebook: Leona Nichole Black Instagram: nicholeblackonline Antoinette Kwegan: @MsAKwegan Monique Charles: @Neake81

Black, Brilliant & Book Smart EP3: Can We Have It All & The Politics of Dressing Down

Black, Brilliant & Book Smart EP3: Can We Have It All & The Politics of Dressing Down

Three young Black British women, who are academics and friends, sit down to talk about their PhD journey, their research areas, the joys and the challenges…   All episodes will posted to http://nicholeblack.com/project-black as they become available… Twitter: @LeonaNBlack Facebook: Leona Nichole Black Instagram: nicholeblackonline Antoinette Kwegan: @MsAKwegan Monique Charles: @Neake81

Black, Brilliant & Book Smart EP2: Finances, Starting Over & Life Beyond the Books

Black, Brilliant & Book Smart EP2: Finances, Starting Over & Life Beyond the Books

Three young Black British women, who are academics and friends, sit down to talk about their PhD journey, their research areas, the joys and the challenges…   All episodes will posted to http://nicholeblack.com/project-black as they become available…

[Podcast] Black, Brilliant & Book Smart Episode 1: Grime, Black Love & Education

[Podcast] Black, Brilliant & Book Smart Episode 1: Grime, Black Love & Education

Three young Black British women, who are academics and friends, sit down to talk about their PhD journey, their research areas, the joys and the challenges…   All episodes will posted to http://nicholeblack.com/project-black as they become available…  

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Leona Nichole Black is a cultural sociologist and creative conversationalist. She works as a passionate educator, Black mental health advocate, and tarot practitioner.
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