Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist, public speaker, and cultural consultant whose scholarship, work and practice centers on the lived experiences of Black women and girls, with a focus on identity/body politics and beauty practices. Lauded by O Magazinefor her social media activism, Dr. Blay has launched several viral campaigns including Locs of Love, #PrettyPeriod, and #ProfessionalBlackGirl, her multi-platform digital community. She has appeared on CNN, BET, MSNBC, BBC, and NPR, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, EBONY, Essence, Fast Company, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Colorlines, and The Root. A thought leader on Black racial identity, colorism, and beauty politics, Dr. Blay is a globally sought-after speaker and consultant. and earned a Master of Arts and PhD in African American Studies (with distinction) and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Temple University. She also holds a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of New Orleans.
"When people ask, what does it mean to love Blackness, one answer
is the work of Yaba Blay. Academic, scholar, public intellectual,
lover of Black folk and Black culture, Yaba is one of the most
brilliant and committed critics and advocates writing and thinking
and working on behalf of Black people today."
-Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times best-selling author
"One Drop visually stuns while showing us the many different and often surprising faces of Blackness that make up the Americas. Yaba Blay is a scholar and cultural worker whose unapologetic love and centering of Black women and girls has made her one of today's most formidable voices. In a world that shreds Black women's self-esteem in big and small ways every day, we depend on Blay's writing, Instagram tutorials, and undaunted compassion to put us back together again."
-Brittney Cooper, author of the New York Times bestseller Eloquent Rage
"In this contemporary sociopolitical climate, where we are confronted by questions of racial identity almost daily, One Drop presents a nuanced exploration that serves as a practical guide for thinking critically about what it means to be Black in this moment."
-Tarana J. Burke, author, activist, and founder of the Me Too movement