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Postracial ResistanceBlack Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity$
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Ralina L. Joseph

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479862825

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.001.0001

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Coda

Coda

“Have a Seat at My Table”

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(p.195) Coda
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Postracial Resistance
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Ralina L. Joseph

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.003.0008

The book ends with a brief coda. In the introduction to this book Joseph presented Kerry Washington’s notion of taking a seat at the table as one at the heart of postracial resistance and strategic ambiguity. In closing the book, Joseph considers singer/songwriter Solange Knowles’s notion of a seat at the table as a flipped notion of inclusion: “I’m inviting you to have a seat at my table.” Solange presents the idea that power comes from being the one who sets the terms, the one who does the inviting and not the invitee. The coda demonstrates that with a different model, women of color can be the ones in charge of the table.

Keywords:   Black, women, media, race, gender, resistance, celebrity, postrace, audiences, race

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