Is this what women are graded upon here on earth? Hip hop which started in united states of America by African American citizens, has become a major entertainment platform for many youths in the world. It spreads like fire on the desert through media, in this case radio, television and videos. Hip hop being among the most watched music video by Kenyan youths, has greatly influenced their feelings towards
Blaxploitation movies provided alternative images of the African American woman that were neither the ‘Mammy’ of films like Gone With the Wind (1939), or the ‘exotic other’ of Carmen Jones (1954). But they were reminiscent of other stereotypes that have haunted black femininity since slavery. One of these stereotypes is most commonly known as the ‘Jezebel.’ Depicted as alluringly seductive, she uses her beauty to lure men into her bed almost against their will. Next, there is the ‘Sapphire,’ the wisecracking, stubborn, emasculating woman. She lets everyone know she’s in charge.
Analysis project on Madonna’s FRASHERI Bledar music video “Cherish” Music videos seem to have ranged from simple band performance to an enormous industry. Born of a sudden expansion in new broadcast channels like MTV, music videos continue to influence popular music. They help to create an artist's identity, to affect a song's mood and determine chart success. During many years of development, music video has changed our idea of how we perceive popular music today. The book by Carol Vernallis, “Experiencing Music Video, aesthetics and cultural context”, treats music video as a distinct multimedia artistic genre, different from film, television.
This mainly consists of wealth, power and beautiful women which are the goals of most youth in today’s contemporary society – in other words: The American dream. There are several codes and conventions that make up this genre of music video and my main example of this is ‘In Da Club’ by 50 Cent. [Image 2] In 50 Cent’s music video he directly addresses the audience with his lyrics. In hip hop music videos there is a frequent use of low angled/close up shots. The sole purpose of this is to demonstrate the power
I have taken interest in this topic and I asked myself “How does body image perception for women differ in American and African Culture?” This research proposal is a sociological study of the roles of culture in the perception of body image. This topic is sociological since it shows ways in which body image can affect a women’s lifestyle, self-confidence, and many aspects of a women’s life. Doing research on this topic, I have discovered that not only American women have a concern of poor body image but also African women. In American culture, women tend to follow the mass media’s example of the “ideal” body image. In African culture, women feel the need to satisfy the men’s expectations of the “ideal” body image.
Due to the daily humiliation faced by the ‘black man’ from the white people, the black men turned their frustration towards their women by beating them. The men are also sexually violent towards their women, as a result of their sexual desire or to make them feel more superior/dominant. The way the female characters react to their circumstances varies radically as there are a lot of ‘strong females’, unlike Celie. Walker explores the oppression that the black women experienced and uses Celie as an instrument to illustrate this. Throughout the majority of the book Walker shows sex to be seen as a form of aggression or something that the female is forced to submit to.
Fleming uses Robinson’s story to deconstruct claims by male Black Power advocates that women in the movement were just doing a “man’s job”. Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson’s position as executive secretary in the Atlanta branch of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was a mirror image of the backbone that women played in the Black Power message. Robinson shows this through her assertiveness, her ability to challenge male authority and selflessness in action. Women were involved in many aspects of the Civil Rights movement. Certain activists groups included the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The hyper-sexuality of Black women in slavery comes as no surprise. It was used as a tactic to justify the sexual practices between slave and master. To Whites, the Black woman had a sexual appetite that could not be fulfilled by Black men. Therefore, it was the White man’s job to satisfy her. They used this excuse to justify the rape and seduction of slave women.
Artists are now able to take a step further outside of the music industry through Rap music. Over the years we have seen rappers take on movie rolls, directing movies, music videos, venturing out into the field of clothing, fragrants, reality television, beverages, corporate positions, and more. Wendy Day states that “Today, it’s the new dope game—everyone is trying to hit a lick and make a quick buck in the music industry, it seems. This change in the music (from art to commerce) also brought about a change in the people working in the music industry.” (Day Wendy, The Ever Changing Rap Music Business, Jan 2010) The internet has made it extremely easy for artist to make a way to get their own
The hatred towards women is seen more so in the media. For example, in music videos and commercials misogyny is a huge issue. The hip hop community partakes in misogyny, in both the music videos and lyrics shows hatred towards women. When you view rap videos the women in them are belittled in many ways. Most of the women are walking around half dressed and if the camera is focused on the females in the videos, it’s focused on their body parts.