Jalylah Burrell is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BA in English from Spelman College, her MA in Africana Studies from New York University, and her PhD in African American Studies from Yale University. Her work to delineate and develop Black feminist humor studies has included writings on Millie Jackson, Ntozake Shange, and Marsha Warfield. She is currently writing a book on Black women’s innovative uses of humor and, with her students, creating a digital humanities resource on Black Women Playwrights. Praised by XXL magazine for her “insightful, intellectual dissection of hip-hop, feminism and Black culture,” her scholarship draws on her experience as a pop culture critic, digital producer, oral historian, and deejay.
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