"The problem with blackface": Dr. Philip Howard article on recent "beef" between Drake, Pusha-T

Published: 12 June 2018

The ConversationProfessor Philip Howard, of our Department of Integrated Studies in Education, has contributed an article to The Conversation on the subject of the recent highly publicized "beef" between rappers Drake and Pusha-T.

Pusha T circulated a photograph that showed Canadian musician Drake wearing blackface. Professor Philip Howard, who has been leading a project researching blackface in Canada, provides an analysis of some of the issues. 

"Black life today continues to be entangled in social relations that are extensions of the antiblack relations of slavery," writes Dr. Howard in part. Please click here to read the entire article, published June 11 in The Conversation.

Dr. Philip Howard is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Education at McGill University. His research interests are in the social formations, pedagogical processes, and epistemological frames that mediate the ways we come to know ourselves, create community, and exercise agency for social and racial justice in/through formal and informal. Professor Howard serves on the editorial board with the journal Whiteness and Education, is a Consulting Editor with the Canadian Journal of Education, and belongs to the executive team of the Black Canadian Studies Association. He recently led the SSHRC-funded project "The Arts Against Postracialism: Strengthening Resistance Against Contemporary Canadian Blackface", a series of outreach events seeking to strengthen resistance against contemporary Canadian blackface. 

[read "The problem with blackface," by Philip S.S. Howard, June 11, The Conversation]

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