KYRA GAUNT, State University of New York, Albany
State University of New York, Albany
BOOTY HOPSCOTCH (KEEP THAT A$$ JUMPIN'): Exploiting Tween Girls Twerking in YouTube's Corporate-Controlled Spaces
How does YouTube normalize the sexploitation of the tween Black girls’ musical play in user-generated content (UGC). Employing over 600 YouTube twerking videos, uploaded between 2008 and 2014, we examine the “bottom-lines” of black girls’ online fan labor and who profits.
Kyra Gaunt is an ethnomusicologist and a social media researcher who has been on faculty at Baruch College-CUNY, Hunter College-CUNY, New York University, and the University of Virginia. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses leading to a multi-disciplinary approach to black music studies that incorporates sociology, anthropology, political sociology, race/racism studies, gender and feminist studies, digital humanities, and new media studies.
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Breanan Foster (Breanan.Foster@dal.ca)KYRA GAUNT, State University of New York, Albany