#BlackGirlSpectrum #CABchat with Dr. Salamishah Tillet

Camille A. Brown joins scholar and writer Dr. Salamishah Tillet in conversation. This conversation is a part of #BlackGirlSpectrum, an initiative that addresses the civic, educational, and economic struggles of black girls and women and seeks to amplify the cultural and creative empowerment of black girls and women through dance, dialogue, and popular education tools.


  1. As a rape survivor, scholar, and writer, Dr. Salamishah Tillet has spent her career championing the rights and voices of our most vulnerable citizens. Nominated by Glamour magazine as a “Women of the Year” and named as one of the “Top 50 Global Leaders Ending Violence Against Children” by the Together for Girls’ Safe magazine and America’s “Top Leaders Under 30” by Ebony, she has appeared on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, written for The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, and The Root and guest blogs for The Nation. Currently, she is an associate professor of English atthe University of Pennsylvania and has faculty appointments in the Africana Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In 2003, Salamishah and her sister, Scheherazade Tillet, co-founded A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against all girls and women. Salamishah is also working on a book about Nina Simone.
  2. Q1. Let's start with the title & idea of your newest work, , what does "Black Girl: Linguistic Play" mean?