Dr. Yaba Blay takes this work seriously. Very seriously. And she creates content that celebrates the beauty and joy and being of Black women and girls decidedly. Purposely.
Dr. Blay — who holds her BA in Psychology (Cum Laude) from Salisbury State University, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of New Orleans, M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University and is currently the Dan Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science at North Carolina Central University — is the creator behind the beloved new video series Professional Black Girl, airing on YouTube. She is also creator of the social media movement #PrettyPeriod and author of the book (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. Her work, as both an academic and as a creative, has always been driven by her love of Black women — their experiences, their forms of expression and who they be — and it was informed in large part by her own formative years of soaking up the images of powerful women on Black television shows. On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Dr. Blay talks about her passion for inspiring people to think not only in the classroom, but through content, why she considers herself the anti-academic academic, and why radical self care — and being joyful — is more important now than ever.
On this episode you’ll learn…
- How imagery plays an important role in how we see ourselves.
- Why going to college may not be the move for you.
- The truth about what that Ph.D. means (and doesn’t mean).
- Why you always get a second chance.
- Focus on doing the work.
- The importance of having a team.
- How to find balance between your work and your world.
- The truth about trolls.
- The importance of self care.
- Why happiness is your birthright.
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WATCH Professional Black Girl on YouTube
VISIT DR. YABA BLAY yabablay.com
[Music: “Someone Else’s Memories” by Revolution Void]