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The Elisions Of Jamila Woods’s HEAVN

 

There’s a scene in Kyra D. Gaunt’s ethnomusicological study The Games That Black Girls Play, drawn from an 1869 account of a young slave, Clotilda, performing embodied rhymes on a Maryland plantation. Clotilda leads an extemporaneous social dance in a “shrill sing-song voice,” one that her peers learn without much lag. Gaunt herself remembers playing…

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The Elisions Of Jamila Woods’s HEAVN

 

There’s a scene in Kyra D. Gaunt’s ethnomusicological study The Games That Black Girls Play, drawn from an 1869 account of a young slave, Clotilda, performing embodied rhymes on a Maryland plantation. Clotilda leads an extemporaneous social dance in a “shrill sing-song voice,” one that her peers learn without much lag. Gaunt herself remembers playing…

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