She has one of most recognized faces. Over fifty years after Marilyn Monroe’s death she is still memorable. Everyone knew this woman, but did everyone know why Norma Jeane Mortenson was famous? She is a Hollywood icon, she could even be considered a legend. Marilyn Monroe affected young women in society by making certain things more socially acceptable, showing not all women need to be super thin to be attractive, and allowing them to see that dreams can come true.
Recent statistics show that positive imagery of black women in the media appears two times less than negative imagery (Thomspon). The survey has illustrated that black women believe that representation of negative stereotypic characters in the media is prevailing, compared to the portrayal of pure Afro-American beauty. It questions the claim of our generation that it has entered the post-racial era, even though modern society proclaims itself to be alien to the racial and ethnic differentiation. Ethnical and racial minorities still come across deep-rooted prejudices, particularly at media platforms, such as movies, music videos and advertisement. Historically, negative stereotypes of black women were very popular in the course of the last century, and there were historical events that were justifying their presence, such as slavery era.
Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated actress that is best known for her breakout role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix hit show Orange is the New Black. Cox is the newest face for African American trans women because through her gender nonconformity, she is now a successful and accomplished actress
Cleopatra and Joan of Arc are two of the most powerful and influential women to ever have lived. Although each one led for their own purposes, and in their own style, the consequences of their actions still have ripples in today’s world. Whether it be because of Cleopatra’s beauty or ruthlessness, or Joan of Arc’s faith and purity both women are considered iconic figures in the global community. Throughout time both Joan of Arc and Cleopatra have been documented as extremely influential characters in history. Cleopatra and Joan of Arc were iconic in different ways, for different reasons but it is undeniable that without them, the world wouldn’t be as it is today.
Lena Horne Actress and Activist Lena Horne was a star who broke racial barriers. In a suppressive 1900s America, an African American woman was determined to step into the limelight to defy the racial standards of her time. She faced an uphill battle trying to create a career from her childhood, with little support from her own family, let alone a white dominated industry. When she finally proved to be an astonishing performer and struck a deal with a major Hollywood studio, she was still held back by racial segregation laws still in effect in the south. Horne recognized her influence and used her talents to go from actress to activist.
She brought out her former husband and took over Desilu Productions. This was a huge role for her to take on as a woman, especially when many people thought she couldn’t do it. Some shows that brought attention to feminism in the 60’s were: Julia (1968-1971)- it was one of the first shows to revolve around an african american actress The Flying Nun (1967-1970) - it
The scene in which Celie says, “I’m pore, I’m black, I may be ugly and can’t cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I’m here,” is more empowering than it had been in the book. We see and hear her saying those words to Mr. ____ as the car is moving away. I feel that this is the turning point of Celie’s character in the movie, because this is where she becomes confident and freed herself from oppression I didn’t get to see the musical, however the song that related to this scene is“I Curse You Mister”. In my opinion, this was the most successful rendition of the scene.
This moment opened doors for African-American women that they thought would never have a chance. Nevertheless, the poem Ego Tripping written by Nikki Giovanni dated back to 1972 where she expresses her power throughout the poem with the support of feminist statements. Giovanni reminds the audience of historical moments that lead up to the current conditions of the United States. Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why) was published with a bundle of poetry which is entitled My House, the book of poems had a common underlying idea that Giovanni is free to do what she pleases and live by her own set of rules (Masterpieces of American Literature Ed. Steven G.
Resistance to oppression Resistance to oppression is a fluid theme throughout these two works of literature, Angelou in Still I rise, An ode to the power that brews in us all to overcome our most difficult circumstances, and is truly an inspiration to all homestayers in the sixties no matter Their race. Her status as being a powerful black woman in the house, portrays her self confidence to override anything that puts her down as she will always exceed to rise up. “Some declared the institution of marriage to be a form of slavery and thus recommended its abolition” (Somers 263). Susan Rawlings in To Room Nineteen saw suicide as her only outlet to her lack of freedom in her marriage. “One of Angelou's main themes in “Still I Rise” is to say, “I like
One most noteworthy was that of Oprah Winfrey. She recognized that she was the first black woman recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award and aroused tears as she explained her stance with the story of a raped Recy Taylor. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up. Their time is up” (qtd in
Anna Mae Bullock better known for her stage name as Tina Turner was born in 1939 in Tennessee. She is the mother and queen of rock and pop music. Her music enlightened and motivated everyone . Coming from being a featured singer with Ike turner, she renamed herself Tina turner and that is when she became fierce and unstoppable. Tina Turner did not bloom as well as a solo artist but she always gave her fans more and more music to love.
1. What does the hashtag #blackgirlmagic mean to you and why? It 's a way of saying, how magical black girls are. With everything that we have been able to endure living in America, I feel that we are magical. That we are different from other races and we are unique.
Way back in the 1800 's, she was born into slavery and became an entrepreneur. Once she did this, she invented hair lotion. She is a very inspirational woman, but she still gets overlooked for Lil Wayne and Drake. NUMBER 2 One of the most prolific African American inventors of all time is Fredrick McKinley. He is responsible for inventing several
“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise, I rise, I rise.,” to become a Delta Woman. When asked to express why I should be awarded the honor & pleasure of being apart this great sorority; I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed but also very humbled. However, I am reminded of the great women Delta Sigma Theta has helped mold some of the most influential women in the world. I want to be apart of the most illustrious sorority organization.
Aaliyah could 've been standing still as one of the most known pillars of R&B if she 's alive today. The untimely demise of this very talented artist has been so infected it brought the rise of women dominating a man-saturated genre. Truthfully, the thick voice, the always-on-beat dance moves and the sheer passion in singing made Aaliyah a superstar of her generation. Despite the fact that she 's been missing since 2001, the presence and musical mark that Aaliyah has left to serve as inspiration to a various lot of rising stars and her tracks are far well-remembered as sound tracks of modern relationships, young love and heart-wrenching separations. There are no words to explain how badly the current music industry needs an Aaliyah right now and all we can do is to succumb to the truth that she 's never coming back and her legacy is all that we can hold on to.