Saturday, November 16, 2019
From the enduring images of the domestic Mammy, oversexed Jezebel, and aggressive Sapphire to the modern-day Claire Huxtable, Beyoncé, and Olivia Pope, African American women have been represented in the media in ways that are both complex and problematic. Shauntae Brown White, associate professor of mass communication at North Carolina Central University, discusses her new book Representations of Black Womanhood on Television: Being Mara Brock Akil, about the television producer of Girlfriends (2000–08), The Game (2006–15), Being Mary Jane (2013–present) and Love Is (2018). Each of these shows offers alternative representations of black women that are more authentic and that honor their humanity.
Light refreshments available beginning at 2:45 pm; lecture and discussion at 3 pm.