2007 Alan Merriam Prize introduced by the Society for Ethnomusicology 2007 PEN/Past Margins Ebook Award Finalist Once we consider African American fashionable music, our first thought might be not of double-dutch: women bouncing between two twirling ropes, protecting time to the tick-tat below their toes. However this e-book argues that the video games black women play —handclapping songs, cheers, and double-dutch leap rope—each mirror and encourage the ideas of black fashionable musicmaking. The Video games Black Ladies Play illustrates how black musical types are included into the earliest video games African American women study—how, in impact, these video games comprise the DNA of black music. Drawing on interviews, recordings of handclapping video games and cheers, and her personal statement and recollections of gameplaying, Kyra D. Gaunt argues that black women' video games are linked to lengthy traditions of African and African American musicmaking, and that they train important musical and social classes which are carried into maturity. On this celebration of playground poetry and childhood choreography, she uncovers the surprisingly wealthy contributions of ladies’ play to black fashionable tradition.