Black feminism, popular culture, film, TV, literature and Black identity.
Ayondela McDole graduated with distinction in Pan African Studies at Syracuse University (’17). Her thesis text was mammy representations in the 21st century. She examined the complex representations of mammy within American folklore, American history, and popular culture in film and tv. McDole graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College Chicago (’12) with a BA in Cultural Studies and Black World Studies minor. Her research interests center on Black feminism, media studies, performance studies, popular culture and Black identity. The main focus of her research is the ways in which race is performed in popular culture. In studying performance and film, McDole hopes to understand the political nature of media and popular culture and uncover gender discourse that belies performativity. Alongside her graduate studies, McDole hopes to transform her theoretical understanding of the political into praxis through activist community theater and media literacy.