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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2020 ➔ In the Life on Lenox: Queerness During the Harlem Renaissance


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Zhané Lloyd (designer)
Jessie Contour (thesis advisor)
Jessica Marshall (thesis advisor)


May 3 2020


In the Life on Lenox is a board game inspired by Hasbro’s Monopoly that explores Black life during the Harlem Renaissance. More specifically, it is a look at the lives of Black queer folks, whose growing visibility subsequently resulted in the creation of underground networks. Of these underground networks, the game particularly focuses on rent parties – private parties that charged admission and went towards the host’s rent. Chance, Community Chest, and Property cards are also utilized to educate players about some of the major Black queer figures and events during the time. Through the use of rent parties, the goal of the game is to help educate players, mainly Black queer teenagers, about the building of communities at the intersection of Blackness and queerness in an era pre-Civil Rights and pre-Stonewall.

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