Final Project: African American Women & Media

Project summary

African american women

My topic for my project is the Racism and Sexism of African American women and how they are portrayed in the media.  What I’ve learned from doing this project is that African American women are one of the most disrespected people in today’s society. As an African American woman it is upsetting to know that black women will probably always struggle to stand upright in a society that is determined to see us fail. However, what is even worse is that some black women play into these negative stereotypes that they are labeled under. Acting uncouth on reality television does nothing more then reassure that these negative connotations about all African American women are true when they really aren’t. African American women are much more than what they are portrayed to be in the media. We are vibrant, beautiful, intelligent, and goal oriented. I know this because of my ancestors and the legacies that they left; Sojurner Truth (known for giving speeches which included the famous one entitled Ain’t I a Woman which pointed out equality between men and women). Harriet Tubman (known for the underground railroad which helped to get slaves to freedom, later she worked as a nurse in the civil war), Rosa Parks (the woman who refused to give up her bus seat in 1955 and sparked a movement that lead to the end of segregation), Mary Ann Shadd Cary (teacher/journalist, abolitionist and women’s rights activist lawyer, the second African American woman to graduate from law school). Some of today’s heroines are Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama.   These women past and present are the embodiment of what it means to be an African American women.  ( I will be distributing my project in a power point, link is below.)

imagery and culture final presentation


Kowalski, Jennifer. “Stereotypes of History: Reconstructing Truth and the Black Mammy.” Stereotypes of History: Reconstructing Truth and the Black Mammy. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Amos, Tanisha . “Why do black men date white women?.” N.p., 15 July 2010. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

“Aunt Jemima Meaning/Definition of.” Aunt Jemima Meaning/Definition of. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Bennett, Crystal, and Marilyn Yarbrough. “Mammy Jezebel Sistahs.” Race, Racism, and the Law “Speaking the Truth to Power”. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Conyers, Chakara. “What Hip Hop Says To A Young Black Woman.” RapRehab. N.p., 18 Mar. 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

“Facing Racism and Sexism: Black Women in America.” – For Dummies. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Glass, Krystal . “The Ever Growing Trend of Accepting and Glamorizing Being Ratchet.” Clutch Magazine RSS. N.p., 23 May 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Hooks, Bell. Ain’t I a woman: Black women and feminism. Boston, MA: South End Press, 1981. Print.

“ Blogs.” LatinRappercom Blogs. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. <

Muhammad, Charlene. “The Final Call.” Who defines Black Women?. N.p., 3 Jan. 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Perry, Melissa V.. “Crooked Room.” Sister citizen: shame, stereotypes, and Black women in America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. 285-291. Print.

Prince, Richard . “Black Women in Media: Portrayed as Gold Diggers, Jezebels and Baby Mamas?.” The Root. N.p., 15 Oct. 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Reid, Safiya E. The Reality Of Televised Jezebels and Sapphires: Blogs and the Negative Stereotypes of African American Women on Reality Television. Georgia State: ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University, 2147483647. Print.

“Representations of Black People in Film.” Racism Still Exists,. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Santillano, Vicki. “Ten African American Women Who Changed the World.” Divine Caroline. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

T, Short. “Let’s Get Ratchet: The Origin Of Ratchetness ~” N.p., 23 May 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Taylor, Erica. “Little Known Black History Fact: The History of Aunt Jemima.” Black America Web RSS. N.p., 28 Mar. 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

Walton, Dawnie . “ESSENCE’s Images Study: Bonus Insights.” N.p., 7 Oct. 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

“Women And Hyper-Sexism In Hip Hop.” HelloGiggles Women And HyperSexism In Hip Hop Comments. N.p., 3 June 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

“Â .” Digication e-Portfolio. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.


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