Rethinking Transracialism: Ariana Grande and Racial Ambiguity

This article revisits, revises, and expands on the arguments I make in Blackface and Pop Princesses: A Brief Genealogy. Previously, I wrote three brief paragraphs on Ariana Grande, trying to position her donning of black and brown visuality (i.e. blackface/brownface) alongside similar practices of other pop princesses such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Miley Cyrus. […]

WE ALMOST FORGOT

November 2015. Paris. Adventure. We Almost Forgot. French. Malagasy roots. Doubts. Anger. Question. Artist’s life. Projects. French. Unfairness. Anger. Fear. Security. Calm. Artist’s life. Malagasy. Words. Mix. Why. Doubts. Anger. Artist’s life.   I joined the adventure We Almost Forgot (WAF) [1] in November 2015, in Paris. It was a time of heavy doubt and anger. […]

Blackface and Pop Princesses: A brief genealogy

Note: I have updated my argument about Ariana Grande’s “blackface” in Rethinking Transracialism: Ariana Grande and Racial Ambiguity. Contemporary blackface no longer involves minstrelsy’s burnt cork or greasepaint to blacken the performers’ skin, but instead,  make-up foundation, artificial tanning and digital coloring are employed to play with racial mythologies and to exploit what blackness signifies. […]