A special issue on skin bleaching, Issue 14 has been published. It features articles, poetry, research notes, and topical issues. This special issue has been guest edited by Dr. Yaba Amgborale Blay. The journal is now published as part of the Africa Knowledge Project under all new policies.

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No 14 (2009): Struck By Lightening: The Transdiasporan Phenomenon of Skin Bleaching

This special issue has been guest edited by Dr. Yaba Amgborale Blay.

Editorial: "Struck by Lightening", Yaba Amgborale Blay

The Tanzanian Response to Dangerous Skin Bleaching Products and Practices and the Gendered Politics of it All: A Critical Analysis, Kelly Lewis, Navit Robkin, Karie Gaska, Lillian Carol Njoki, Emily Andrews, Karim Jetha

Lighten Up Yu Self!: The Politics of Lightness, Success and Color Consciousness in Urban Jamaica, Derron Wallace

Ahoofe Kasa!: Skin Bleaching and the Function of Beauty Among Ghanaian Women, Yaba Amgborale Blay

Liberating Skin Bleachers: From Mental Pathology to Complex Personhood, Christopher A.D. Charles

Fashion Ova Style: Contemporary Notions of Skin Bleaching in Jamaican Dancehall Culture, Donna P. Hope

“Jah Dash a Fire pon di Bleacha Dem”: Rastafari Affirming the Royal African Presence, Jahlani A. Niaah

Research Notes

The Use of Skin Whitening Products Among African People: Research in Italy and the Congo, Giovanni Vassallo

Poetic Reflections

Do You Love Us Now?, Yvna Augustin

The Heart and Hurt of Beauty, Rosemary Onyango

u think god messed up, Olu Butterfly Woods

Photo Essays

Brown Bag Project, Numa Perrier

Review Essays

All the King’s Men: The Colonial and Imperial Marketing of Colorism: A Review of Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters. (Ed.) Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009, 299p, Kaila Adia Story

Topical Issues

Dying to Be White, Sylvia Arthur

Senegal’s Fashion Victims: Skin Bleaching May Cause Cancer, Expert Says, Ben Barnier

FDA Proposes Hydroquinone Ban, Melisa Conrad Stoppler, Jay W. Marks

Dermatologists to Oppose FDA on Plan to Ban Skin Lighteners, Sally Kalson

UK’s Skin Bleaching Trade Exposed, Alphonso Van Marsh

Bleaching Destroyed My Skin

A Girl Like Me, Kiri Davis

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