Portrayals of Black Women in Media


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To close Women’s History Month, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, NY, hosted a special panel discussion with leading journalists, writers and bloggers of Black women in global media on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The star-studded speakers included, Vanessa Karen DeLuca (Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine), Demetria Lucas D’Oyley (author of Don’t Waste Your Pretty Blogger & A Belle in Brooklyn), Farai Chideya (award-winning journalist, author and host of One with Farai) and was moderated by journalist, Akisa Omulepu.

Unarguably, the flood of women in media has peeked once again and black women in media is at an all time high. Although the number is still low for minority women in media, we have come a long way and that is something to be proud of. From Black women with leading roles on network TV to those behind the camera who’ve been nominated for Academy Awards, I salute my Queens. The amount of wisdom and inspiration that filled the room last night was awe-inspiring. The conversation was real, raw and uncut. From discussions around the under-capitalization of women owned businesses to how shows like Empire and Scandal have impacted how black women are perceived globally, nothing was left untouched. They even spoke on the ever so popular “ratchet reality TV” fade and of course, the importance of monetizing your product and brand – there’s no way that any attendee left unchanged.

Following the event, was a cocktail reception at Harlem Besame Restaurant where you were able to meet the panelists and have more in depth one-on-one conversations. If you would like to get in on some of the conversations of the night, check out the hashtag !

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