Final Project / Summary

Black People Facing Stereotypes in Television Ads

Project Summary:

 I am essentially going to talk about how African-Americans are viewed in the media and the social stereotypes we face.  I am going to use television commercials involving African-Americans to prove my point.  I used famous celebrities (Tyler The Creator, Mary J Blige) who have slightly tarnished their reputation by being associated with stereotypical television ads that view African Americans in a negative light.  I am going to show the television advertisement clips and dissect them to show the racial undertones that the African-American community faces in the media landscape.  It will truly be an eye opening experience.


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