Representations of Black Womanhood in the Media
November 16, 2019
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From the enduring images of the domestic, asexual Mammy, oversexed Jezebel and the overly aggressive Sapphire to the modern-day Claire Huxtable, Beyonce and Olivia Pope, African American women have had a long history of media representation that is both complex and problematic. Mara Brock Akil's success is unprecedented for an African American show runner in television. Rival only to Shonda Rhimes, over the course of nearly 20 years, Brock Akil has created and produced three television shows with longevity: Girlfriends (2000-2008), The Game (2006-2015), Being Mary Jane (2013-present) and Love Is________ (2018). Each of these shows offer alternative representations of black women that are more complex, authentic and honor their humanity. In this master class & discussion North Carolina Central University associate professor or Mass Communication and Women's & Gender Studies, Dr. Shauntae Brown White, panelists and the audience will discuss her new book Representations of Black Womanhood on Television: Being Mara Brock Akil and the broader implications these, and other representations, have on the perception of black women.
Light refreshments will be served at 2:45 pm.