Index
Addams, Jane, 252n5
adolescence, 11–12
adulthood, definitions of, 11, 24n13
age, transformational potential based
on, 252–53n5
Ailey II ( formerly Alvin Ailey Repertory
Ensemble), 29, 248n27
Alexander, M. Jacqui, 27
Allen, Jafari, 8, 184, 234–35
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,
248n27, 260n5
Alysha ( pseudonym), 102–3, 107–9
Andrea ( pseudonym), 140–42
Angel ( pseudonym), 84–85, 87, 107
Anita ( pseudonym), 46, 58, 77–78
anthropology, 19, 26
Anyanwu (fictional character), 230
Anzaldúa, Gloria, 25
Archer, Dennis, 137
Arie, India, 260n7
artistic self- making, 66–68
Ashley ( pseudonym): dancing by/on
dance, 190–91, 200, 212–14, 216,
218–19; discharged from shelter, 219;
in Move Experiment show, 210–13,
216, 218–19; as a peer educator,
195–96, 198, 201–5, 210, 232, 261n9
authenticity/realness, 98, 150, 254n10
automotive industry, 60–61, 88,
252–53n5
Beauboeuf- Latontant, Tamara, 207
beauty and efficiency, 254n8
Bettina ( pseudonym), 220–21, 223–26,
231, 233–34, 241–42
Big Four policing, 65
Bip ( pseudonym), 45, 51, 53–54, 66, 71, 99
Black Bottom (Detroit), 67
Black boys/men, low- income: as op-
positional actors, 17–18; research on,
74–75; as an underclass, 18; vulner-
ability of, 73. See also race
Black feminist anthropology, 19, 26
Black feminist politics, 232
Black girls/ women: and Black boys/
men, statistics about, 6, 244n5; Black
girlhood, definition of, 245n9; bodily/
self own ership by, 68, 250n13; body
shape of, 206, 261n12; caregiving by/
care for, 68–70; choreography by,
28–31; emotional labor of, 98; em-
ployment for, vs. men, 72–73; experi-
ences as inherently po litical, 5, 244n2;
in fiction, 246n17; hairstyles of, 99;
identity formation of, 257–58n11;
and missing the middle, 9–10,
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