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State of Black Women in Contemporary Media

Interesting  discussion about images of Black women in media from five Black women who are creating content in the digital age. From Shadow and Act:

The below 30-minute videotaped discussion tackles the matter from the POV of active black women artists whose names you'd be familiar with, especially if you've been a reader of this blog: Issa RaeLena WaitheAshley Blaine Featherson and Numa Perrier, with Andrea Lewis moderating. Shadow and Act


Interesting tidbits about getting Black women who are not producing content for BET and VH1.  

Reader Comments (2)

I watched this yesterday, and found it very interesting. I thought it particularly fascinating that Numa and Issa had opposing views on creating content, validation, and financial support. I tended to agree with Issa on the importance of financial support. It's all well and good to not look for validation from outside sources, but somebody has to pay for production, and given some of the comments I've read online when there are fundraising campaigns, I understand her point of view. I think both Issa and Numa have HBO deals in development, so good for them.

I also thought it interesting when Issa, Andrea, and Ashley talked about taking creative risks and not running it by their representation. How you have to just kind of go for it, because even those who are "supposed" to advocate for you will be risk-averse.

In any case, I've watched all of their work online, and find it interesting. Definitely high-quality in terms of alternative content, and it'll be interesting to see how it all develops. I didn't know that Awkward Black Girl was Issa's third web series.

I really enjoyed the discussion.

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaphne

Thank you so much for this refreshing perspective. I love a woman with true grit.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike`

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