Social Implications and Black Female Stereotypes

This is an extra credit assignment. As a follow-up to our discussion on Social Implications and Black Female Stereotypes, we will continue this discussion on the presentation below and the Lupe Fiasco music video. Please incorporate the examples from our readings.

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MONSTER’S BALL: Leticia in the eyes of the Male Gaze

Present your own theory about Leticia, the character Halle Berry played in Monster’s Ball. What type of stereotype does she fall into, if any? How does Leticia compare to Claudine as a single black mother?  Is she a love object, sex object or both? Also, how does Hank’s perspective of Leticia, change the audience’s view of her. And as always incorporate the readings but also find outside sources/critiques about the film and link them in your post.


Zebrahead – Love object vs Sex object


In the film Zebrahead, Zach a white Jewish teenager in Detroit falls for Nikki, a young Black woman from Brooklyn. Nikki is an average teenager, “the girl next door,” but she is coded differently depending on who is looking at her. Incorporate the readings and our discussion about the film. What verbal and non-verbal messages/codes are used to define Nikki? Is she a love object or a sex object and how or when does it change? And how is hip hop music used in this film?


Claudine – Love Object vs Sex Object

Consider the conversations we’ve had about romantic heroines/love object vs sexual deviants/sex objects and write about how it relates to Claudine. Which one is she more, or is she both? Claudine was portrayed as a Welfare Queen throughout the film, in your response to this post talk about how this stereotyped framed her as well. I would like you to read this article, “Six Annoying Women Character Tropes in Black Romantic Comedies,” there is a section that relates to Claudine. I also added an article about The Moynihan Report that created the concept of the Welfare Quees. As always, incorporate the readings from our class, plus our discussions about the above topic with the two articles into your post. Below is a link to the film for those of you who missed the first or second half.

Warning: Before posting, write your thoughts in a word document. Please check for spelling and grammar and read it out loud to make sure your points make sense. If possible have someone read them as well, to make sure your argument/thoughts are clear. Make sure you are presenting your ideas to the best of your ability.


Colorism and the Media


Please read the brief article about an  actress from the Hit Fox TV Show, Empire and her experience dealing with Colorism as well as an article on Viola Davis as a dark skinned actress. As always incorporate the readings, our discussions and refer to the content in this blog posts in your comments. Also see, the short film Yellow Fever which we viewed in class on Thursday

Yellow Fever

Empire’s Grace Gealey Says She Didn’t Experience Colorism Until She Came to the US

Viola Davis as You’ve Never Seen Her Before: Leading Lady!

Coffy – The Black Sexual Other and the Superwoman in Blaxpolitation movies


We talked about Coffy being more than one sterotype, please discuss and explain why? Also, give examples of where this stereotype exist in current films/tv shows. In preparing your comments, think about some of the things we talked about in class as well as the non-verbal sexual behaviors overview I sent you. Again, please refer to the readings from previous classes and scenes from the film. Feel free to comment on each other’s post.



Nola Darling and The Symbolic Whore


Welcome to our second posting. Feel free to add quotes from other resources (please credit your source).  I want you to talk about how Spike Lee set’s up Nola to be a romantic heroine and sexually liberated woman and how and if that changes in the film. Please incorporate the readings specifically on Black women as the “ Sexual Other” and the “Social Deviant” to your response. Feel free to refer to scenes from the film as well  in your comments/arguments. Also briefly talk about the concept of the “symbolic whore” as it related to our main character, Nola Darling. Please review the article below on the female leads of two of Spike Lee’s films, She’s Got To Have It and Jungle Fever.

Female Agency within the Societies of She’s Gotta Have It and Jungle Fever Continue reading