Location

Memorial Union Campanile Room

Start Date

4-3-2016 11:00 AM

End Date

4-3-2016 11:50 AM

Description

Since the start of the Black Lives Matter movement there has been a rise in media coverage of African Americans. We will provide an overview of the disturbing trends that have surfaced in how the media continues to portray black lives. We will begin by looking at the history of African Americans in the media and then answer the question, where are we now? This presentation will discuss the ways in which African Americans are represented in both news and popular media. We will then explore how these media representations affect African American’s views of self and negatively impact their lives through cultural appropriation, internalized racism, and diminished self-esteem. We have set out to go beyond explaining these representations of African Americans in general, but also look at how they affect black men and women differently.

Presenter Information

Ballagan, Senior in Speech Communications and Criminal Justice;
Parisot, Senior in Biology;
Trainum, Junior in Speech Communications and Public Relations;
Cruz-Rodriguez, Junior in Public Relations

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Mar 4th, 11:00 AM Mar 4th, 11:50 AM

Black Lives Through the Lens: A Discussion on How the Media Portrays African Americans

Memorial Union Campanile Room

Since the start of the Black Lives Matter movement there has been a rise in media coverage of African Americans. We will provide an overview of the disturbing trends that have surfaced in how the media continues to portray black lives. We will begin by looking at the history of African Americans in the media and then answer the question, where are we now? This presentation will discuss the ways in which African Americans are represented in both news and popular media. We will then explore how these media representations affect African American’s views of self and negatively impact their lives through cultural appropriation, internalized racism, and diminished self-esteem. We have set out to go beyond explaining these representations of African Americans in general, but also look at how they affect black men and women differently.