To exercise her rights as an individual, Celie learns to resist the advances of black men who hinder her self- fulfilment. Alice Walker has been vehemently criticized within the African- American community for her portrayal of black men as abusers and rapists. Like her literary predecessor, Zora Neale Hurston, who was criticized during the Harlem Renaissance for her feminist writing, Alice Walker has withstood the criticism. She has held on her convictions and continued to be a spokesman for the cause of the oppressed black woman. In her oeuvre, she explores,” the issue of the spiritual survival of black people” ( Smith 450)
On the other hand, the depiction of Margaret Mitchell of her Southern Belle is a bit different from the classical Blanche. In Gone with the Wind, the portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara shows a more versatile Southern Belle that transforms and adapts to life in Atlanta and on the plantation. Scarlet is seen from the beginning as a pragmatic woman who fights for what she wants regardless of society’s rules. However, this feature turns her into a social outcast because she is permanently judged by society for her bold decisions (not wearing mourning clothes after her husband’s
“Lemonade” is Beyonce 's call for the liberation of Black women. By using her platform, she was thinking beyond herself when producing her album, she was connecting her pain to the millions of other Black women. In order to heal from the betrayal she faced from her husband, she had to cope with other issues that define what she is in society’s eyes as a Black woman. Throughout history, women had to fight to have a voice. There was a point in time where men were the only head of the households and women are just to accept whatever the man thought was right.
As far as the characteristics of black writing is concerned it includes the themes of search of identity, cross-cultural context, history of slavery, entrapment, restricted mobility, low self esteem in women and theme of lesbianism like in Alice Walker’s The color Purple.
Question One: According to some of the scholars we have read during the semester, one of the most important projects of black independent filmmaking is to create an “oppositional gaze” on screen. Through an in-depth discussion of Cheryl Dunye's's film The Watermelon Woman, write about how creation of such oppositional gaze on screen contributes to the creation of a black queer/lesbian memory. The Watermelon Woman film created an interacial lesbian gaze that will be unforgettable for me due to how attracted these two women were to each other and the events that the gaze lead to. How, as it were, could a film like The Watermelon Woman build up a lesbian, black female gaze.
Yet, the women still have each other for survival, which is such an important factor considering what they face. Celie’s realization of the overall bias of the female African leads her to venturing off with Shug and creating her own business. The breakthrough she makes with her own life reveals that Black women are empowering and are able to possess
Beyonce’s 2016 visual album, Lemonade, carries her audience through different emotional chapters of her life, presumably following the infidelity of her husband, Jay Z. Although Lemonade touches upon sensitive racial issues and the oppression of African-Americans, I decided to focus more on the sentimental aspect of the film. It is a consensus that women of all kinds are stereotyped as ‘frail’ or ‘hysterical,’ especially when their emotions are transparent, but why is it that the black woman is perceived as ‘angry’ when she does so? Beyonce’s third track on Lemonade, “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” features an excerpt of a speech given by Malcolm X that reads: “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.” To dismiss and undermine the emotional traumas Beyonce discloses in Lemonade confirms the veracity of Malcolm X’s statement.
(Olson 78). Sandy and Danny really do like each other, but they face a lot of peer pressure from their friends. The peer pressure forces Danny to act like a jerk to Sandy and exaggerate their summer romance. This provides a divide between the two that is reinforced by bad girl Rizzo who sings “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee” making fun of Sandy, saying she is just a good girl. Rizzo also mentions whilst talking with Frenchy that Sandy is “too pure to be pink” saying that Sandy would not fit in with their group.
In the case of Miss Pauline, the poor black woman, who was a servant to a white family, gazes at the white women being treated so well in the films she watches and "becomes one of them". Many other black female spectators try to resist identification with the white women, to have the oppositional gaze, but Miss Pauline does not do this. She instead completely forgets who she is and how she was treated as loses herself to become another woman that is portrayed in the film. Miss Pauline does not feel like the poor black woman anymore, she feels the power of being a strong white woman, who is beautiful, praised, and an object of phallocentric gaze. This is the "pleasure" Miss Pauline feels when watching cinema.
Sherman cleverly photographs the figure in a platinum blonde wig (a portrayal of the desired male gaze), wearing a working suit (the disgust of women being in the workforce). In Sherman’s documentary, ‘Nobody is here but me’ (1994) she illiterates that every woman from her past was a role model, however, their role was inherently negative. Sherman’s frustration of what was expected of her when she was young was in becoming an “idealised platinum blonde woman.” She was constantly reminded by these sexualised versions of Hollywood actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and famous fashion
She is targeting a specific audience—colored people. When Whipple opens the preface, she speaks about how colored people should be proud to support Eldridge, “who is both an honor and an ornament to their race (Whipple, pg.3).” When questioning the collaboration which produced these memoirs, and whether or not Whipple had ulterior motives in writing the piece, Joycelyn Moody points out that “a cultural as well as a social phenomenon, race anticipates this authorial collaboration by determining the structure and dynamics of the relationship and shapes it against its purposes. Scholars should consider not simply how Whipple interprets and and represents Eldridge but, more urgently, how Whipple conceptualizes social reform (Moody 690).” Could Whipple have included the preface to show that she and Eldridge were indeed good friends and to assure the reader that although she’s white, she empathized with, and supported colored people?
Be sure to use specific examples and mention details from the other plays we have discussed. -One similarity that I noticed between For colored girls and Passion Play is that the lady in yellow is a virgin but looses her virginity right after graduation. In Passion play Mary 2 was a virgin but acted as “slut” in the play, but later in the play she looses her virginity with Mary 1. -A similarity in the Chinatown play and for colored girls is that they both characters, Benjamin and the lady the lady in blue have a cultural identity in which they embrace. -One of the differences that I found between For colored girls and the other plays is that in for colored girls there are no acts or scenes but in the other plays there are acts and scenes.
She wears her hair curly, and feels pressured to take up the "accents and mannerisms" of her Black friends, becoming "a great actress in the role of black American" (De Brito, 28). In changing her "accents and mannerisms" to conform with the cultural expectations of being Black in America, De Brito is inauthentic to herself, and thus deprives herself of the opportunity to become more comfortable with her multiracial identity. De Brito 's feelings of self-doubt stem from the fact that she feels caught between two races. Although De Brito 's Cape Verdean mixed-race ethnicity grants her some things that can be perceived as privileges within the Black community (light skin, easy-to-manage hair), it also comes with exoticization,
but she isn’t. As Julian’s mother is playing with the black women’s son Carter, she reprimands her son for playing with the white woman. She’s mad that her Julian’s mother and her son are “integrating” yet she is the biggest recipient from the integration of blacks into society. She wants all the good of integration to come,
The last character to show racist behaviors is Bob Ewell by not liking the fact that he lives so close to the African Americans. Another way Bob shows that he is prejudice against African Americans is by showing his hatred towards Atticus because Atticus was trying to help Tom be set free from the charges Bob was putting on