Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D.

New York, NY

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Digital ethnomusicologist of black girlhood. Teaching in the CUNY system. Do collaborative research with under grads studying twerking on YouTube and the ecological issues of exploitation, digital media literacy, self-presentation and the bottom-lines of profit off the backs of adolescent and teen black girls' images.

Why study twerking? It's a genre of user-generated content posted by a vulnerable population that is among a top demographic that the music industry targets in and through visual media but gets little attention: girls 13-17 and younger. They prey on their attention and their cognitive need to socialize and fit in which has major gender implications and racial consequences when it comes to black girls and their future net worth and the current 'net worth. #bottomlines

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