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A Planning Mixtape: Black Healing (Matters), Housing, and the Prison Nation


The ability to easily secure housing and pass it down to accumulate generational wealth is a luxury that white descendants have long enjoyed — yet it has all but escaped their Black counterparts. In an effort to acknowledge the challenges facing Black people, particularly Black women historically and to the present day, this essay provides an analysis through a Black feminist lens and serves as a piece of academic activism. Utilizing the methodology of Black Girl Cartography, concern is cited specifically for the ways in which Black women are situated in place and space. To that end, this essay focuses on housing as a theme and addresses the subtopics of neighborhood, substandard housing, housing instability, and housing affordability as interventions.

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