The Color of Love: Colorism in Black Brazilian Families


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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Episode Description

 “The Color of Love” will focus on the psychological, emotional, physical, and social effects of colorism on the well-being and growth of Black Brazilian girls and women. Topics include racial hierarchies in families, racial features, hair, light skin, dark skin, children, love, education, jobs, how skin color and other phenotypes affect the self-esteem, self-love, self-identity, self-pride and self-respect of girls and women, visibility, voices, Afro-Aesthetics Movement, differential treatment, and cultural practices, among other topics.

Visibility’s guest is renowned researcher Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (whose best-selling book, The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families was awarded the American Sociological Association Section on Emotions Book Award and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism Charles Horton Cooley Book Award.


Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman


Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman is a Tampa native and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University. Dr. Hordge-Freeman published her first book, The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families (The University of Texas Press) in 2015.  This book was awarded the American Sociological Association Section on Emotions Book Award and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism Charles Horton Cooley Book Award.  In 2015, she presented a TEDxUSF talk on The Color of Love and her book is slated for publication into Portuguese in April 2018. She has published journal articles in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Qualitative Research, and Ethnic & Racial Studies, several book chapters, and published a co-edited volume with Gladys Mitchell-Walthour entitled, Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the US and Brazil (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Hordge-Freeman has been awarded several grants and fellowships to support her research, including a Ford Dissertation Fellowship, American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship, and Ruth Landes Memorial Research Grant. In 2016, Hordge-Freeman received a Fulbright fellowship to complete data collection for a manuscript entitled, Second-Class Daughters: Informal Adoptions as Modern Slavery in Brazil, which is based on over seven years of ethnographic data and interviews.


Call for Submissions: Race and Color in Education

Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS)

Call for Submissions

Corrected Due Date:  February 28, 2016

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is accepting submissions for a thematic issue titled Race and Color in Education. We are specifically interested in submissions that focus on but are not limited to the following:

The Achievement Gap

Students of color and success

Students of color and retention

Students of color and achievement

Students of color and special education

Quality education and students of color

Curriculum and Black history

Mixed race identity

Race and color in the classroom

Student loans/student debt

Black males and education

Diversity on campus/in the classroom

Full-time Faculty/Adjunct faculty of color


Predominately white colleges and universities

White privilege on campus

Faculty of color on campus

Faculty of color and leadership

White faculty and HBCU’s

White privilege

Tenure and Black faculty

Women of color

Men of color

College completion

Common Core

No Child Left Behind

Separate and unequal

For-profit schools and students of color

Students of color and STEM

Stereotypes and students of color

College level writing skills



College/university committees and racism



Standards of excellence

Learning styles (kinesthetic, auditory, visual)

White teachers and students of color

The classroom to prison pipeline

Girls of color and disparate treatment

Students of color and gender bias

Colorism in higher education

African/African-American programs

Community colleges

Black Studies

Black intellectuals

Intellectuals of color


Racism on campus

Colorism on campus

Sororities/fraternities/social clubs


The effects of racism on students of color

The effects of colorism on students of color

Student organizations

The hidden prejudice in education

Interracial colorism/Intraracial colorism

Racism and faculty tenure

Colorism and faculty tenure

Students of color and learning environments

The education system and students of color

Racist student organizations on campus

Athletes of color at predominately white

colleges and universities

The purpose of education

Public schools/charter schools

Campus violence/violence in schools

Twenty-first century workforce ready degree   programs

Submissions Accepted

Articles, essays, book reviews, interviews, and film/movie reviews, unpublished blogs and commentaries.

Submission/Author Guidelines

Submissions will not be considered for publication if they have been published before or if they are under review by another journal or publisher. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use from copyright holders for reproducing tables and figures. Submissions to JOCS are subject to an initial internal review. Submissions considered for potential publication will be reviewed using a blind peer review process. Submissions that do not follow author guidelines will not be considered for publication. Submissions will follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Submissions should be single-spaced, using 1 inch margins for the top, bottom and sides of every page, 12-pt Times New Roman font, numbered pages. Lines should be left-justified and words should not be divided at the end of a line. Submissions (including notes, references, and tables) should not exceed 25 pages.


JOCS only accepts online submissions. Registration and login are required to submit items online. To submit manuscripts for review, please register at (you will be required to create a user id and password). Subscriptions to JOCS are free.

We are looking forward to your submission. If you have any questions, please contact JOCS at


Continued Success!

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth


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The Hidden Prejudice in Education

Understanding How Colorism, Prejudice, Racism and Stereotypes Can Affect the Dreams of Students of Color!

The Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio has a new name:  Complexity Talk Radio (Complexity Live) featuring hosts Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth and Dr. Julie Jung-Kim.  We will continue to feature a monthly segment titled The Dynamics of Colorism.

Join Dr. Culbreth & Dr. Jung-Kim for a discussion on The Hidden Prejudice in Education: Understanding How Colorism, Prejudice, Racism and Stereotypes Can Affect the Dreams of Students of Color!

Thursday, February 19, 2014

8:00 pm EST

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