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African American Women: A History of Bodies

  African American women during slavery in the United States of America were multifaceted individuals. They were cooks, child bearers, providers, and activists. During the 18th and 19th century, the lives of African American women changed as they were dehumanized,… 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 →

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 →

Conflicting Messages of “Ghetto”

“Because when black women do things that are inherently apart of their culture they are shamed for it. While when the same people who are shaming black women appropriate their culture they are praised.” “Some of y’all black women look… Continue Reading →

The Hypersexualized Jezebel

    The hypersexualized jezebel has been, and still continues to be, relevant throughout culture. Stemming from the days of slavery were slave owners took advantage of black women while abusing black men, this continuation of abuse has instilled in… Continue Reading →

Intersections of “Ratchet” and Fatness

This meme is a picture of two black women in lingerie but one has darker skin than the other. On top, it says “Dark skin vs. Light skin, who cares whos winning” and on the bottom, it says the “winner”… Continue Reading →

Race and the Body

This image does speak volumes. White skin, blonde, hair and blue eyes has always been seen a sign of dominance, power, and beauty. As Maxine Leeds Craig outlines in her book “Ain’t I a Beauty Queen?”, African American women have… Continue Reading →

Race and Respectability

  “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” is a 2016 Saturday Night Live skit that can be seen as a contemporary replication of the “black is beautiful” concept born in the late 1960s as described by Maxine Leeds Craig in her… Continue Reading →

Hegemony and Black is Beautiful

This photo has me thinking about the motto “Black is beautiful.” This photo is used to enforce African-American women’s identities. Ain’t I a Beauty Queen by Maxine Leeds Craig discusses the cultural context you see in this photo. This is… Continue Reading →

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