Submission Date

8-3-2015

Document Type

Paper

Department

African American and Africana Studies

Second Department

Dance

Faculty Mentor

Domenick Scudera

Project Description

The United States has gone from enslaving blacks, to the violent segregation of blacks, and has now transformed that extreme violence and distinction into microaggressions. It is difficult enough for people of color in America to gain absolute equality within this nation. With our expansive history ranging from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement, it is just as – if not, more difficult for our society to positively conceptualize people of color. Women of all races also have difficulties gaining equality with men. But when it comes to a woman of color, a woman who has to deal with negations from both being female and being black, it is twice as difficult to see her as an equal. For my Summer Fellows research, I explored these difficulties and how America’s media and popular culture affects the perception of women of color and limits their ability to surpass society’s expectations. In order to discover these answers, I interviewed ninety-seven Black females within and around the Philadelphia area. In addition to these interviews I read texts (mentioned in my final product) and articles that unraveled the reasoning behind the negations that come with being of double minority, wrote daily journals, and generated at least three creative works (dance, lyric conversations, and(or) poetry) weekly. This creative work was then compiled and transformed into a short film. The purpose of this project was to raise awareness on the struggles of dealing with duplicated negations perpetuated by American society and to give black females a more positive image in America.

Comments

Presented during the 17th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 24, 2015 at Ursinus College.

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