Investigating the development and exploitation of the mulatta figure in Brazilian and US popular culture, Dr. Jasmine Mitchell draws on a wide range of case studies, analyzing policy debates and revealing the use of mixed-black female celebrities as subjects of racial and gendered discussions. Mitchell also unveils the ways the media moralizes about the mulatta figure and uses her as an example of an “acceptable” version of blackness that at once dreams of erasing undesirable blackness while maintaining the qualities that serve as outlets for interracial desire.
Dr. Mitchell is associate professor of American Studies and Media Studies at the State University of New York–Old Westbury. Her scholarly specialties include race and gender representation in popular culture, mixed-race, African-Americans and Afro-Brazilians, black feminisms, and race and sports. Her future project examines Brazilian mega-sporting events and the role of race in public media cultures.
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