Spoken word artist opens up conversation about blackface

Balakumar performed her spoken word poem, “Dear Halloweeners and Costume Seekers” at this year’s Black History Month opening ceremony in Kingston. 
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Supplied by Nirosha Balakumar

In 2005, a white Queens student painted her face black for a Miss Ethiopia Halloween costume.

After a picture of her circulated online, outrage ensued, but it still seems that a story arises every October about someone else donning blackface.

Nirosha Balakumar, ArtSci 19, was drawn to the issue after reading about the Queens incident in a Journal article, Race, racism and blackface. When an assignment in her Gender Studies course required her to tackle a topic of intersectionality, Balakumar wrote a spokenword poem entitled, Dear Halloweeners and Costume Seekers

Read more at QJLongform.com.

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