Dr. Kyra Gaunt: PLAYED: How Music Orchestrates Thick Violence Against Black Girls on the Internet

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Did you know that YouTube kickstarted its video-sharing platform in 2005 by exploiting the interest-driven activities of girls and doxxing the controversial Nipplegate video?

Dr. Kyra Gaunt (University at Albany, SUNY) reveals the obscured musical contributions of Black girls who twerk while also exposing how music perpetuates patriarchal violence. This violence exists at the intersection of Black girls’ aspirational bedroom musical play, monetized streaming content, and the continuation of adolescent relationship violence and misogynoir through search algorithms and audience interactions. From YouTube to TikTok, PLAYED underscores the adverse childhood experiences masked by the perceived empowering qualities of music.

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