Chapter 22: Divas to the Dance Floor Please!: A Neo-Black Feminist Readin(g) of Cool Pose

This work challenges both traditional scholarship in the areas of content and style. Utilizing the lens of neo-Black-feminism and embodied forms of writing, this work seeks to broaden the applicability of cool pose theory through a process of critique and application. This analysis and discussion is fueled by the question: How might Black males who do not ascribe to heteronormative and hypermasculine ideals of manhood and masculinity deploy cool pose performance? The project is developed in four sections or movements that explicate neo-Black-feminism, expound upon cool pose performance, propose and analyze an alternative site of cool pose performance, and finally rearticulate and augment both the critique and analysis in the form of a performance script.