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Stereotypes of Black Women in Media

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Andrea Davis

on 30 April 2015

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Stereotypes of Black Women in the Media from a Historical Perspective
Since the 1960's, the United States has been viewed as a progressive country that is a pioneer in improving race relations.
If this is true, why are stereotypical portrayals of black women that originated from 1800s still perpetuated in
today's media?
"Media shapes the way we feel, think and act towards others and ourselves." - Mandisa Shields
overweight, dark-skinned
always wearing hankerchief
kind & loyal
unhealthy black women
created to justify sexual violence
influences perceptions of rape
drives loved ones away
Why is this Important?
3 Classic Stereotypes
Gold Diggers
Black Barbies
Video Girls
Baby Mamas
Uneducated Sisters
Ratchet Women
Angry Black Women
Mean Black Girls
Lack of black female representation
Prevalence of stereotyping
Media's Effects
I'm not the average girl from your video /
And I ain't built like a supermodel /
But I learned to love myself unconditionally /
Because I am a queen

Nicki Minaj
Come through and f*** him in my automobile /
Let him eat it with his grills, and he tellin' me to chill /
And he telling me it's real, that he love my sex appeal
Why is this Important?
bell hooks
oppositional gaze
What Can You Do?
"[you] can see, name, question, resist and transform oppressive images in the media."
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