Black women's portrayals on reality television : the new Sapphire / edited by Donnetrice C. Allison.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: This book critically analyzes the portrayals of Black women in current reality television. Audiences are presented with a multitude of images of Black women fighting, arguing, and cursing at one another in this manufactured world of reality television. This perpetuation of negative, insidious racial and gender stereotypes influences how the U.S. views Black women. This stereotyping disrupts the process in which people are able to appreciate cultural and gender difference. Instead of celebrating the diverse symbols and meaning making that accompanies Black women's discourse and identities, reality television scripts an artificial or plastic image of Black women that reinforces extant stereotypes. This collection's contributors seek to uncover examples in reality television shows where instantiations of Black women's gendered, racial, and cultural difference is signified and made sinister. -- Publisher description.
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      Introduction : A historical overview / Donnetrice C. Allison -- I. Portrayals of christianity and motherhood : High tea, church hats, pastor wives, and friendships: a critical race feminism analysis of black women in Preachers of L.A. / Elizabeth Whittington Cooper -- The God in me: faith, reality tv, and black women / Chetachi A. Egwu -- From 90s girl to hip-hop wife: an analysis of the portrayal of Tiny as black mother in reality television / Ryessia Jones, Johnny Jones & Siobhan E. Smith -- Are black women loud?: Neoliberal and postfeminist protagonists in OWN's televisual sphere / Mia E. Briceño & Evene Estwick -- Can't have it all: an analysis of black motherhood on reality television / Allison M. Alford, Madeline M. Maxwell, Ryessia D. Jones & Angelica N. Morris -- II. Portrayals of the angry black woman : Is she strong or just a b!@*#?: discussions of black women's anger in the reality show Bad girls club / Adria Y. Goldman -- The "Tyra tyrade": reinforcing the Sapphire through online parody / Tracey Owens Patton & Julie Snyder-Yuly -- A critical analysis of black womanhood in NBC's The apprentice / Donyale R. Griffin Padgett & Donnetrice C. Allison -- III. Portrayals of black women as spouses, girlfriends and lovers : Dehumanized and empowered? Black women, reality television, and Love and hip hop Atlanta / Patrick Bennett and Rachel Alicia Griffin -- The "down ass bitch" in the reality television show Love and hip hop: the image of the enduring black woman and her unwavering support of the black man / Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers -- Real housewives or real lies?: New constructions of "housewives" on The real housewives of Atlanta / Shavonne Shorter -- Conclusion: discussion and implications / Donnetrice C. Allison.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
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