How historic black imagery affects black relationships

December 10, 2010

Produced by Worldview

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Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar in 1940 for her role as "Mammy" in "Gone With the Wind."

WBEZ’s Richard Steele Guest-hosts Worldview and continues our occasional series Images, Movies and Race. He talks with media analyst and lecturer Brenda Verner about how the historic imagery of black men and women in media and culture has impacted black culture, customs and relationships.

Brenda coined the term “Africana Womanism”, an ideology grounded in African culture that focuses on the experiences, struggles, needs, and desires of Africana women in the African Diaspora. She lectures at universities, schools and institutions across the country and founded the National Africana Women's Institute. Brenda began her journey in media analysis and her massive collection of stereotypic black imagery from a chance meeting with author/historian Alex Haley during her studies at Cornell and Harvard.