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    From Candy Girls to Cyber Sista-Cipher

    Narrating Black Females’ Color-Consciousness and Counterstories in and out of School

    Carmen Kynard
    In this article, Carmen Kynard provides a window into a present-day “hush harbor,” a site where a group of black women build generative virtual spaces for counterstories that fight institutional racism. Hidden in plain view, these intentional communities have historically allowed African American participants to share and create knowledge and find their voices in hostile environments, which, in the case of this study, involve an academic institution. Kynard also discusses the need for critical scholar/student alliances that interrogate taken-for-granted institutional practices that invalidate out-of-school literacies. The article parallels the instructional practices that disenfranchise black students with research agendas that claim to alleviate inequity while really perpetuating it.

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    Carmen Kynard is an assistant professor of English at St. John’s University, where she is also the director of the first-year writing program with the Institute for Writing Studies. In her work she interrogates race and the politics of writing instruction in secondary and postsecondary settings, looking closely at the ways racialized political economies get expressed as literacy praxis. Kynard is a former high school teacher with the New York City Public Schools/Coalition of Essential Schools and instructor at the City University of New York. Her work has appeared in Changing English, Teaching English at the Two-Year College, College English, Computers and Composition, Reading Research Quarterly, English Teaching: Practice and Critique, and College Composition and Communication. Her first book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Radicalism, and the New Century in Literacy and Composition Studies, is forthcoming from SUNY Press.

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    Spring 2010 Issue


    Black Women on Education: Complicating Identity and Negotiating Kinship
    Passin’ for Black
    Race, Identity, and Bone Memory in Postracial America
    Signithia Fordham
    From Candy Girls to Cyber Sista-Cipher
    Narrating Black Females’ Color-Consciousness and Counterstories in and out of School
    Carmen Kynard
    Every Good-bye Ain’t Gone
    Iris Carter Ford
    Branching Out and Coming Back Together
    Exploring the Undergraduate Experiences of Young Black Women: A Conversation with Victoria James, Imani Marrero, and Darleen Underwood
    Chantal Francois
    Teaching That Breaks Your Heart
    Reflections on the Soul Wounds of a First-Year Latina Teacher
    Juan F. Carrillo
    Toward a Sexual Ethics Curriculum
    Bringing Philosophy and Society to Bear on Individual Development
    Sharon Lamb
    Unfair Treatment?
    The Case of Freedle, the SAT, and the Standardization Approach to Differential Item Functioning
    Maria Veronica Santelices and Mark Wilson

    Book Notes

    by Debra Chasnoff (director, producer) and Sue Chen (producer)

    How It’s Being Done
    by Karin Chenoweth

    Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited
    by Joseph Tobin, Yeh Hsueh, and Mayumi Karasawa