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Media and African American Women: A snippet of a view of the invisible majority

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November 30th, 2007

Women of Color make up a significant portion of the 51% of women in the United States and yet still, the media knows so little about them. The minor facts that are discovered are usually mistaken for the minority instead of the majority. When there are so many issues that cross cultures, the impact on these women’s lives is generally replace with what would be considered “popular culture.”

A snippet into the lives of African American women has been considered “Nightly News” by NBC. The fact that the News media considered issues about black women as newsworthy is but a small triumph for women. Many centuries have passed without even so much as an inkling of attention on the lives of black women in America. They have been portrayed as criminals, welfare moms, hookers, video vixens, and victims, but very rarely as leading ladies, love interests, business women, family care givers, economists or President of the United States. A few of these are imaginable, but others are so far fetched that they have never crossed anyone’s mind, especially that of a young black girl’s. Media’s profile of black women is so limiting that I am just happy to see this snippet. But let’s be clear, it is still not enough. The series ends tomorrow, so take a look for yourself at 7pm tonight. Below are the clips of the series.

(updated) Part 1:

Part 2: Breast Cancer

Part 3: Relationships

Part 4: Heart Disease

Part 5: Black Women & Elections

Part 6: Interracial Dating

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