In this article, we explore duoethnography methodologically and turn to feminism and black feminism to create a space for productive, not destructive, dialectics. By examining the lyrics and backstories of the ice cream truck song, “Dixie’s Land,” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” we problematize race, ethnicity, and gender as expressed in public and private spaces. Instead of conceptualizing these concepts as antagonistic, we turn to intersectionality and the third space to not only understand but also interstand the in-between. We piece together the tenants of duoethnography, black feminism, and feminism to highlight the gifts and challenges each offers the other. Through conversations of difference, this article emphasizes not mere tolerance but the value of differences from which “creativity can spark like a dialectic” (Lorde, 1984/2007, p. 111).
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