Interview: Cynthia Oliver on black masculinity and identity

“(Virago) was not a term used with much frequency as I was growing up. In fact, I hadn’t heard it until I was an adult. Then folks started telling me who had been called a “Virago” and they were mostly noted Caribbean individuals, like Lani Guinier. But when I did hear it in recent years it stayed with me and I knew I would use it in a performative sense because I love language and had always been attracted to terms that had multiple uses or that were said with a particular kind of force.”
—Cynthia Oliver

Find out what the term means in my interview for The Dance Enthusiast.


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