The Black Ton: From Bridgerton to Love & Hip-Hop

Tressie McMillan Cottom
7 min readJan 4, 2021
Adoja Andoh as Lady Danbury and Regé-Jean Page as Simon, Duke of Hastings in Shonda Rhimes’ “Bridgerton” for Netflix

For seven years or so now, my friend and I have been dishing about why so many Black women love regency-era romance. As it happens, that good friend is also a foremost scholar on race and British Romanticism**. You would love these conversations. Strangers once followed us around a London museum to eavesdrop on these conversations. We have a lot of thoughts as to the why. Whatever the reasons, race and…

Tressie McMillan Cottom

Sociologist. Writer. Professor. MacArthur Fellow. Books, speaking, podcast: