Several of the major stereotypes about black women are that they are being portrayed wrong. Just like in the Article Mother Tounge by Amy Tan when the mother was profiled by how good her English was it is similar to black women who are profiled by the stereotypes of today. In society black women are no longer represented as the nurturing, protective, loving, and caring mother, no... ... middle of paper ... ... but they aren’t lies either because we comply with them. Yes, they will wake up when they come to the realization that they are tired of Maintaining and being the stereotypical black women and want to be prominent black queens. Yes, history always repeats itself maybe not in the same fashion, but it will come in the same essence.
Towards the middle and throughout the film the audience only witness what African-American women have to say about the stereotypes, but what about the white women? Shouldn’t they be able to have an opinion formed as well? Davis is trying to stress the importance of this film to the black community but not only does African-American women go through daily stereotypical standards formed against them. I know the film was meant to get women to understand that no matter the circumstance they can overcome what society has to say about them. No matter the skin tone, the hair type, beauty runs skin deep.
Image of African American Women Despite the strong presence of the beautiful, powerful, black women in the media, such as Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Beyoncé Knowles, African American females have been deemed unattractive in society’s eyes. These notions did not develop overnight, but remain as obstacles birthed from slavery. These stereotypes keep the black female incarcerated under the belief that they are not beautiful. However, black women have fought and are fighting these harmful perceptions in many different ways. My project will focus on two artists in particular, Maya Angelou and Kara Walker.
Wells’ found herself in the public eye which was extremely unusual, her being black and a woman. This is why she did not fit in. Wells’ struggle with identity is very important because it shows how the younger years of your life are a growing period for a person to find one’s self and true purpose. Wells was conflicted all the way into her twenties until she decides to take action on what she has wanted to do which is to be a writer and use that to be the trumpet and voice of blacks and speak out against the unfair treatment of blacks in America. Wells had to struggle through her identity to find her true purpose.
Lifting as We Climb Harriet Jacobs, Frances E. W. Harper, and Anna Julia Cooper are three African American female writers who have greatly impacted the progress of "black womanhood." Through their works, they have successfully dispelled the myths created about black women. These myths include two major ideas, the first being that all African American women are perceived as more promiscuous than the average white woman. The second myth is that black women are virtually useless, containing only the capabilities of working in white homes and raising white children. These myths caused these women to be degraded in the eyes of others as well as themselves.
One could only imagine what black women were thought of as, they weren’t even cons... ... middle of paper ... ... all. At a time when I would be ashamed to define myself as a black woman, I would have to say that I was ignorant, ignorant to the facts of what’s real because of what the media has put in my head. This is not the media’s fault, it is indeed mine. It is my fault because I have been susceptible to the subliminal messages and oblique stereotypes that the media has put out. Nonetheless, I have recently been taught a lesson, a lesson that defines me as a beautiful, intelligent, black woman.
In the song SOLANGE also covers how people who don’t have black hair often don’t understand all of the controversy that comes along with it. Learning to love and accept oneself for who they truly are can be an onerous task; once knowledge is learned about different cultures and races we as a society should be able to see what holds us back and remove the burdensome stereotypes that affect us daily. In this late 2010’s era where more black women are wearing their natural hair and expressing themselves more freely without the worry of how others may perceive them, SOLANGE hits the media with her song “Don’t Touch My Hair,” an ode to black girls some say. Despite the songs title it’s deeper that just hair; it goes all the way down to the roots. In the 1800’s Madame CJ Walker, an African-American woman, invented the world’s first straightening
The more traditional but equally valid perspective deals with racial tensions and how racism challenges the inner strength of black woman as seen in the character of Sofia in Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Each angle of discussi... ... middle of paper ... ...ent struggles in tandem that complicates the nature of the struggle and makes it distinctly that of a black woman. In addition to the perspectives discussed earlier, there are countless others. Each author, artist, director, or musician can view the struggle from her own unique perspective. How many perspectives are there, you might ask?
The poem “Still I Rise”, written by African American poet, Maya Angelou, portrays a powerful message throughout. In “Still I Rise”, the author talks about how people drag her down and put out false accusations about her, but she affirms that she will rise above all of the lies and hatefulness thrown at her. The author of this poem never points out her ethnicity, yet it can be inferred by the oppression she encounters and how unapologetic she came to be African American. This poem has been important throughout the years because she is not only speaking for herself, she is speaking out for all the people who have been ill-treated by society. This autobiographical poem has lead Maya Angelou to be one of the most important black female poets in America because it not only targets her initial adulthood experiences but her encounters with sexism and racism.
Being a black woman in this society and seeing how sexism is the number one seller in this society makes it really hard for Mclune (2015). Mclune (2015) discusses “Notes of a Hip Hop Head” by Kevin Powell stating “Socioeconomic” is the reason for the sexism in the hip hop field and it is a way to keep the black females quiet (p.222). Kevin Powell states “But just as it was unfair to demonize men of color in the 1960’s solely as wild-eyed radicals when what they wanted, amidst their fury, was a little freedom and a little power...” (Mclune, 2015, p. 221-222). Mclune (2015) clarifies that Powell completely overlooks that females also have a hard life and an insufficiency, yet they still have to overlook the objectification that black men bring to the table. Even though sexism is not the answer, it will always sell no matter