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Colorism Within the African-American Community

Colorism is the discrimination based on skin color and or shade. It’s a type of form of prejudice that allows people to be treated differently based on the social aspects of skin color. Colorism within the black community goes overlooked… Continue Reading →

Final Project: Spoken Word “Time Spent”

  The topic I chose to focus on all semester had to do with women accepting their hair and the perception of it. In week 6 we talked about hair in class and that peaked my interest. From there out… Continue Reading →

Final Project: Photographic Journey of Black Lesbians

  Tanesha Blake is a student in WMST 495, “Gender, Fashion, and the Body.”

Our Culture Your Profit

Cultural appropriation has become normalized for the advancement of careers, Halloween costumes, entertainment, and for the acceptance and approval of other individuals. Cultural appropriation of the black community and the “ghettos” has taken a new stance, as members of the… Continue Reading →

Black Women and Their Oversexualized Bodies

  For decades mainstream media has oversexualized black women and their bodies. This, in turn, has caused black women everywhere to make unnecessary changes to not only their bodies, but their hair as well. This epidemic is something that has… Continue Reading →

Hair and its Large Impact and Importance to Women of Color

Hair is a subject that is very important to women and their self-esteem. The positive or negative view of one’s hair can greatly affect a woman, especially if she is of color. Hair, its length, texture and color, all effect… Continue Reading →

Colorism: You’re Pretty for a Dark Skinned Girl

  Colorism in the black community, not a new concept, but also not acknowledged as much as it should be. The black community is well versed in racism, but are often oblivious to colorism. Colorism is the prejudicial or preferential… Continue Reading →

Happy to Be Nappy – Anti-Conformity in African American Hair

  Origin: Happy to be Nappy is a children’s book written by bell hooks and illustrated by Chris Raschka. It was originally published on September 10, 1999. The book features water colored pictures that show various forms of natural African… Continue Reading →

Evolution of the Mammy Character

The mammy figure is a black woman that lived to serve a white family, most often living in with the family to cook and take care of the children. This woman is most often depicted to be asexual and have… Continue Reading →

Hypersexualization of Blackness

The memes that I have chosen for this blog post, can be defined as problematic because not only do they hyper-sexualize black women, they also sexualize black men and their relationships with people of other races, black children who are… Continue Reading →

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