She was not like other young women that would be housewives or maids at her age but instead is independent. Looking after herself and making more of a life for herself, she attends school, tries to play guitar, and looks for a love interest. This breaks the stereotype of a “normal” woman who is a housewife or maid and shows Beneatha is different. Therefore, Beneatha overcomes this criticism of her “unnatural ways”, and proceeds to make her life successful. A Raisin in the Sun is an inspirational book/play that tells the overcoming story of an African-American family Going through the terrible struggles of Chicago in the 1950’s.
Johnson, Raenaya 11 / 14 / 17 Period. 7 Josephine Baker is known by certain people as the Flamboyant African American entertainer. Ms. Baker has also earned fame and fortune in Paris in the 1920' s stated in " Speech of the March on Washington ". Josephine became vocal opponent of segregation and discrimination. Ms.Baker talked about what went on in her life growing up and has given advice to us young adults.
She then went on to winning her first Oscar for best-supporting actress while playing in “Barber Shop 2”. Queen Latifah later created her talk show “The Queen Latifah Show.” She also played an outstanding role in “Set It Off” as Cleo. Queen Latifah changed the way everyone looked at black women who rapped. She then later became one of the many faces of “CoverGirl”. She became a voice for black women who were not yet seen in the music industry.
“The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara and “The Lovers of the Poor” by Gwendolyn Brooks correlate in their themes. Bambara writes about a young girl growing up in Harlem named Sylvia, who struggles with poverty and inequality in her life. Similarly in her poem, Brooks also writes about poverty and social inequality in people’s lives. Both authors were exceptionally influential black women who wrote about racial and social inequality throughout their many works. These two pieces of works are particularly similar in the way the authors describe the higher classes in comparison to the poor.
Josefina Lopez’s play Real Women Have Curves is often praised for breaking binary stories about working class women as well as allowing people to understand what it felt like being a Mexican-American young girl in a capitalist society. When Real Women Have Curves was altered into a film it began receiving criticism about excluding major themes the play focused on, but overall it was a breakthrough for women of color and working class individuals. As Christine Launius states in her article, Real Women Have Curves: A Feminist Narrative of Upward Mobility, RWHC “should be read as a working-class text” since it “tackles issues of oppression based on class, gender, race, and ethnicity” in the workplace (Launius). Throughout her article, Launius
The Secret Life of Bees The novel The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, demonstrates racism with stereotypes and on how a fourteen-year-old girl named Lilly Owens struggles with her own racism. She assumes that like Rosaleen, all African Americans are uneducated housekeepers. But when Rosaleen and Lilly run away from T. Ray’s house in search for information about Lilly’s mother. They encounter a black, women named August Boatwright and her two sisters June and May Boatwright. August surprises Lilly that a black person can be creative, sensitive, and smart.
The contemporary playwright Lynn Nottage always pens strong female characters and in Intimate Apparel it was not the exception. The play, which is set in 1905, revolves around a black seamstress named Esther Mills, who fabricates elegant pieces of lingerie for ladies pertaining to the bourgeois of Fifth avenue, as well as ladies who work during the night, strictly with different men every night—also known as ladies of the night. Her marriage to George Armstrong, which begins through letters that Esther ask her friends to write for her, since she is illiterate, fails. Meanwhile, an unlikely romances bloom between Esther and Mr. Marks, who is an Orthodox Jew. I thought the performance was stunning from beginning to end for different factors.
Cleage’s dramas follow in the tradition of socially active and politically aware theatre and join the rankings together with other playwrights, such as Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, Eugene O’Neill, and Amiri Baraka. Further, Cleage is an accomplished novelist. Continuing her major themes of sexism and racism as they relate to black women, her novels include: What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day (1998), an Oprah Book Club Selection (September 1998); Babylon Sisters (2006), I Wish I Had a Red Dress (2009), Till You Hear from Me (2010), and Just Wanna Testify (2011). (Long,
There are many different unique types of art that can all have a unique story to tell. In Meta Warrick Fuller’s painting called Talking Skulls. This image creates a vivid image of black women struggling to make any money at all and are in the worst of all jobs. This relates to the spark of the creation of the renaissance because it showed the struggle that black women had to overcome when living in the southern and they wanted a new life. But not just women had a struggle economically, even men did too.
In Girl Rising (2013), reveals how gender discrimination negatively affects the future of many women and continues to be prominent in society through forced marriages, extreme poverty, and/or labor obstacle. Girl Rising (2013) reveals heartrending stories of nine girls from different countries to show how these girls overcome great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fate. Each of these girls was paired with a writer from their own country to help tell Soka story. Young girls that were faced extreme poverty, forced marriage, and forced labor (Robbin, 2013). Each story is written by a writer from the girl’s native country and is narrated by renowned actresses such as Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, and Meryl Streep
Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is a great writer and a fantastic, wonderful, and mesmerizing person who is willing to work to help the black people in the society during the Jim Crow laws. Skeeter comes to a professional editor in New York asking for an opportunity to write about the black maids and their lives of growing up. A maid named Aibileen was the one to start telling the stories about her crazed lifestyle. Skeeter