In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor ‘fuckbois’ ever win, but “homegirls emerge as heroes”. A professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies, co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and Cosmopolitan columnist, Brittney reminds us that while black women’s anger is often caricatured as ugly and destructive, it is a powerful source of energy and strength. The Eloquent Rage author talks with Santilla Chingaipe about how feminism and faith in one’s own superpowers can help turn things right side up.

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Brittney Cooper (International)

Brittney Cooper

Brittney Cooper is associate professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower.

Santilla Chingaipe (Australian)

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker based in Melbourne. She spent nearly a decade working for SBS World News which saw her report from across Africa and interview some of the continent’s most prominent leaders. She has reported extensively on Australia’s diverse African communities. Her documentary work includes the landmark SBS program Date My Race and Black As Me, which explores the perception of beauty and race in Australia. Her latest documentary series Third Culture Kids premieres on ABC iView later this year. Santilla recently partnered with the Wheeler Centre to curate Australia’s first anti-racism festival, Not Racist, But... She writes regularly for The Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations. Her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics.