How Film and Media Stereotypes Affect the African-American Experience
Scene from "12 Years a Slave"
For Black women, combating negative cultural and media imagery has been an uphill climb. For Worldview’s occasional series, Images Movies and Race, we reflect on this Martin Luther King Day with a look back to a compelling and award–winning 2010 conversation on racial imagery in American media and film. WBEZ's Richard Steele will talk with Brenda Verner, an historian, media analyst and Chicagoan, about historic representations of Black women AND men in American culture and how it’s affected the African-American experience. From her childhood in Altgeld Gardens - through her studies at Cornell and Harvard - to being a national writer and speaker – Verner says she’s dedicated her life to “informing and empowering” African-Americans.
PHOTO: Lupita Nyong'o in a scene from the motion picture, ’12 Years a Slave’. For her performance, Nyong'o won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. (Entertainment One)