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Black Women and Popular Culture : The Conversation Continues

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With the emergence of popular culture phenomena such as reality television, blogging, and social networking sites, it is important to examine the representation of Black women and the potential implications of those images, messages, and roles. Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues provides such a comprehensive analysis. Using an array of theoretical frameworks and methodologies, this collection features cutting edge research from scholars interested in the relationship among media, society, perceptions, and Black women. The uniqueness of this book is that it serves as a compilation of "hot topics" including ABC's Scandal, Beyonce's Visual Album, and Oprah's Instagram page. Other themes have roots in reality television, film, and hip hop, as well as issues of gender politics, domestic violence, and colorism. The discussion also extends to the presentation and inclusion of Black women in advertising, print, and digital media.show more

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  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 3 tables
  • 0739192280
  • 9780739192283

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Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues crosses all media platforms while providing substantive historical background and cutting-edge cultural studies. From film and cable to convergence, from advertising to hip hop and rap, this collection deftly takes its audience on the digital and cyberspace highway to better understand the rich crossroads of diversity, identity, and culture. -- Barbara B. Hines, Howard University In this collection, the reader finds expansive discussions and analyses of the Black experience as depicted in popular culture. The chapters are unique in perspective and filled with probing issues in communication that affect cultural values, belief systems, and self-esteem issues. The foci are far reaching, capturing the interest of a wide audience. Students and scholars will see a number of methodologies, as well as state-of-the art, provocative, cutting-edge research. This book will make a valuable contribution to the discipline. I applaud Drs. Goldman, Ford, Harris, and Howard for their excellent work in editing this volume. -- Melbourne S. Cummings, Howard Universityshow more

About Adria Y. Goldman

Adria Y. Goldman is assistant professor of communication at Gordon State College. VaNatta S. Ford is assistant professor of communication studies at Columbia College. Alexa A. Harris is a communications consultant in Washington, DC. Natasha R. Howard is assistant professor of communication at Bronx Community College.show more

Table of contents

Black Women in Popular Culture: An Introduction to the Reader's Journey Adria Y. Goldman and Alexa A. Harris Part I: Television and Film Chapter 1: Scandalous: Olivia Pope and Black Women in Primetime History, Joshua K. Wright Chapter 2: Meet the Braxtons and the Marys: A Closer Look at Representations of Black Female Celebrities in WE TV's Braxton Family Values and Mary, Mary, Adria Y. Goldman Chapter 3: Visible But Devalued Through the Black Male Gaze: Degrading Images of the Black Woman in Tyler Perry's Temptation, Christopher K. Jackson Part II: The Music Industry Chapter 4: "Don't Make Me Hop After You...:" Black Womanhood and the Dangerous Body in Popular Film, LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant Chapter 5: Learning to Conquer Metaphysical Dilemmas: Womanist and Masculinist Perspectives on Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls, Robin M. Boylorn and Mark C. Hopson Chapter 6: Mother Appreciation Rap (MAR) as a Genre and Representation of Black Motherhood, VaNatta S. Ford and Natasha R. Howard Chapter 7: I Am Not My Sister's Keeper: Shifting Themes in Female Rap Videos (2005-2011), Natasha R. Howard Chapter 8: "Bey Feminism" vs. Black Feminism: A Critical Conversation on Word-of-Mouth Advertisement of Beyonce's Visual Album, Elizabeth Y. Whittington and Mackenzie Jordan Chapter 9: Black Women and Gender Violence: Lil' Wayne's "How to Love" as Progressive Hip Hop, Joshua Daniel Phillips and Rachel Alicia Griffin Part III: Advertising, Print, and Digital Media Chapter 10: Apparitions of the Past and Obscure Visions for the Future: Stereotypes of Black Women and Advertising During a Paradigm Shift, Joanna L. JenkinsChapter 11: Writing (about) the Black Female Body: An Exploration of Skin Color Politics in Advertising within Ebony and Essence, Simone Puff Chapter 12: Black Millennial Women as Digital Entrepreneurs: A New Lane on the Information Superhighway, Alexa A. Harris Chapter 13: The Classification of Black Celebrity Women in Cyberspace, Andre Nicholson Chapter 14: Identity as a Rite of Passage: The Case of Chirlane McCray, Sheena C. Howardshow more

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