Date

5-4-2020

Description

The topic of representation in the media is a conversation that is on-going. Most of the arguments are still about how there seems to be a prevalence of negative representation of people of color, especially women, in the media; from characters in series, movies and even the portrayal of female stars in reality television shows such as "Love and Hip Hop" using concepts like "That Hoe Over There" (Lundy, 2018, p. 62). Presently, a more positive perspective has been illustrated through the television show "Queen Sugar," which is executively produced by Ava DuVernay. Through the rhetorical critic lenses of patriarchy, cultural hegemony and feminism, this paper takes a look at how the show uses its platform to raise the standards of black female representation in the media using a variety of methods, including addressing controversial topics that minorities face in their ever days lives. This artifact being presented has a profound impact on all stakeholders involved in the production and consumption of film and media as it serves as a challenge to what is already circulating. The executive producer has used her seat at the table to promote positive ideals for her community and the world, which will hopefully act as a catalyst for a more favorable change in the narrative that is black representation.

Share

COinS
 
May 4th, 12:00 AM

"Queen Sugar": Sweetening Black Representation One Show at a Time

The topic of representation in the media is a conversation that is on-going. Most of the arguments are still about how there seems to be a prevalence of negative representation of people of color, especially women, in the media; from characters in series, movies and even the portrayal of female stars in reality television shows such as "Love and Hip Hop" using concepts like "That Hoe Over There" (Lundy, 2018, p. 62). Presently, a more positive perspective has been illustrated through the television show "Queen Sugar," which is executively produced by Ava DuVernay. Through the rhetorical critic lenses of patriarchy, cultural hegemony and feminism, this paper takes a look at how the show uses its platform to raise the standards of black female representation in the media using a variety of methods, including addressing controversial topics that minorities face in their ever days lives. This artifact being presented has a profound impact on all stakeholders involved in the production and consumption of film and media as it serves as a challenge to what is already circulating. The executive producer has used her seat at the table to promote positive ideals for her community and the world, which will hopefully act as a catalyst for a more favorable change in the narrative that is black representation.