Mendi Lewis Obadike (Hamden, Connecticut)

Biography: Obadike is a doctoral candidate in Literature at Duke University. She received her B.A. in English from Spelman College in Atlanta in 1995. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship (1993), the Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (1995), the Cave Canem Poetry Fellow (2000-2002) and the Rockefeller Media Fellowship Nominee (2002). Her performance work has been presented at the Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), the Yale Cabaret (New Haven, CT), MIT/List Visual Art Center (Cambridge, MA), and Duke University. Project Description: “Black Skin, White Gloves” is a webcast exploring contemporary notions of intimate and public responses to Black propriety over the Internet. The public response is explored through scenes from a sitcom from text by Gwendolyn Brooks and Frantz Fanon. The intimate side of Black propriety is explored through stories, songs, and poems.