The Black Man in Main Stream Media

Here’s a video that discusses the portrayal of the “Black Man” in media and how that influences the mainstream viewer’s opinion of him.  This “Black Man” is similar to the one that my English class last semester delved into after reading Richardson’s “Introduction” From Uncle Tom to Gangsta.  Several topics in this video tie into the stereotype “of the black rapist” that he discusses and builds on it with today’s so called statistics and opinions of the Black Community.


Black Spaces in T.V.

“By definition, black popular culture is a contradictory space. It is sight of strategic contestation” (Hall 26).

In The Beulah Show, the Beulah’s stereotyped figure as  a “Mamie” places her in an inferior position to the white family; however, it gives her certain degree of power because the family depends on her to keep daily life smooth.   At the time that the show aired in 1950s, the scenarios depicted reflected main-stream America: a white middle class family with a black women as domestic help.  The show was “rooted in popular experience” of how the white normalcy saw and understood blacks (Hall 26).  That reflects the stereotype of the “Mamie” figure that dominates the black culture in the white world.  Beulah accepts the task of doing the gardening of the white family with a smile and a gracious heart even though she works herself too hard as well as  taking care of the family, refusing to serve cold cuts to the family.  On the flip side of being subordinate, she is strong and intuitive, which is not the typical black culture portrayed.  She fixes her own problems,  making a deal with the Bensens to get the rose bush back.  She works all day doing the “women’s work” (cooking) and the “men’s work” (gardening).  She has to be mentally tough to deal with caring for the family and her husband. With out her the family would fall apart because there would be no one to fix their problems or turn to when they need something.

21 Differences Between A Southern Belle And A Modern Woman

The more people I meet that are not from the South, the more I realize that I actually love the South and this who I am. I have come to embrace it. There isn’t any other identity I would rather be than than a Southern Belle.

Thought Catalog

I am a woman. I am an adult. I am a wife and mother. I am college-educated, hard-working, and active in my community. But I don’t like what the idea of a “modern woman” has come to be, and the expectations it has. Some of us still prioritize family over finances, love over labor, and femininity above all. For me, these women are Southern Belles. You might not be one, but they definitely exist. Here are the biggest differences between Southern Belles and Modern Women.
(Note: A Southern Belle can be from anywhere, it’s not geography, it’s mentality.)

1. Southern Belles take care of their partners, and value relationships more than just hookups or partying. They can have fun but at the end of the day they want someone to come home to.

2. They take care of themselves and the way they look not because they want to please…

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The Matter of Whiteness in Television

This happens because white people are systematically privileged in Western society, enjoy ‘unearned advantage and conferred dominance’” (Dyer 9)………. White people have dominated societies in Europe for centuries and continued to do so in their colonies under the pretense of the social darwinism and manifest destiny.  Racial sociality barriers broke down, but certain aspects, particularly whiteness, were engrained into society.  They whiteness is the standard mold that is seen and taught.


“White power none the less reproduces itself regardless of intention, power differences, and goodwill, and overwhelmingly because it is not seen as whiteness, but as normal. White people need to learn to see themselves as white, to see their particularity. In other words, whiteness needs to be made strange” (Dyer 10)……  Whiteness is the only standard that society has been exposed to in entirety.  When seen in television, white people see a reflection of themselves; therefore, feel comfortable while watching.  If other color spaces were introduced into television there would be an awkward set up that would make white viewers uncomfortable because the spaces are no longer the norm.  The differences would be highlighted as  contrasting spaces take up the screen.  Related to the above quote, the superiority of whiteness and the familiarity of it come from the long range of the white dominance in society.  With no other type of race dominance whiteness takes an upper hand.

Never had I ever….

…thought I would be here. Well it’s time to reflect back again.


Four years ago, If someone had asked me where I was mostly likely going to go school, I would have responded with some type of arts school or possibly a dance academy, skipping out on college all together.  This was something my parents were not fully prepared deal with nor the Savannah Society in which my family moves in.    While my parents have always encouraged me to follow my dreams and my heart, I know they did not want me throw away the death-like painstakingly hard work I put in to be the best.  They would have supported me in that decision as well as financially,  but with heavy hearts and light wallets.

My mom was critical mainly because of her own past.  She did her first B.A. in music because she loved music and her music teacher believed that my mom had a gift she shouldn’t waste.   As my mom quickly learned there are few jobs in music or the arts in general, and the few out there are low paying for the majority of the artists.  As a result she ended up teaching.  While she does not admit to it, I have a hunch that she was not satisfied with her choice or the life she was leading and that is why she immigrated to the U.S.  While not moving here as the typical poor immigrant who has nothing in his pocket,  she did have opportunity to start over and that is what she did.  She was hired by a company that offered to pay for her to go to college at night and get her B.A. in accounting.  For her academia was a gift that literally changed the course of her life.


So while she understands my innate desire to be an artist of what ever my calling, jewelry, photography, ballet, she doesn’t want me to throw away my chances of an academic education and success in a less cutthroat and flimsy career.  Essentially, she doesn’t want to see her mistakes passed down a generation.   

a day in the life

This is absolutely adorable.

Setting The Barre

Presented by the New York City Ballet, this little clip compares the daily routine of a NYCB dancer to that of a young professional.  Though the two might not cross paths all that often, this video’s witty split screen reminds us how similar they can be.  I think my favorite part is the shot of the man’s fingers padding along his keyboard mirrored by the bourrées of the dancer en pointe.  Both are so gentle, but so skilled.  I think it’s a pretty cute project, bringing professionals of all kinds together to promote NYCB’s young patrons circle.  If only more young people could learn to appreciate dance- we need all the support we can get!

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Arrested Whiteness

At first appearance the family in Arrested Development seems like a wealthy and powerful white family.  But that’s it… they’re white.  The father committed what is considered typical upper, class white-collar crime and the rational son, Michael, wants to make a life for himself and his son, something any parent could and does identify with.  In scenes where this is discussed, I feel that the whiteness is made invisible, not de-normalized.  Parenthood goes across every race and ethnicity.   The show doesn’t discuss a certain way to bring up a child, which may differ between races, but rather a parent’s desire to provide for their child in any way that is available.  In a way this family enforces the white upper class stereotype.  They can waste money on doing whatever; they are estranged siblings; they are not completely rational. Essentially, they do what they want because they are rich.  The episode plays with whiteness as the father enjoys his time in jail with the so-called “Black delinquent,” picking up on some of the manners and dress of him quite at the surprise of Michael.


Writing about whiteness gives white people the go-ahead to write and talk about what in any case we have always talked about: ourselves. (Dyer 10) 

While television does not write about whiteness it reinforces it through the character development.  Any of the three examples from class, Freaks and Geeks, The Dick Van Dyke Show, or Girls, show only white characters, even the extras are white.  The perspectives on events are all from white characters.   Freaks and Geeks and The Dick Van Dyke Show reinforce the white society dominant at the time that they were made.  Produced by white directors, the shows are a reflection of them and essentially talk about themselves and their experiences with out consulting what Dyer calls “non-whites” on their perspectives or including the non-whites in their shows.  The Dick Van Dyke Show is a typical, white family of the 1960s that was hailed as the epitome of good in a white society.  It would be relatable to the target audience: a white middle class family.