Feb 28

Beyond the 'angry black woman'

Why do black female stereotypes continue to resurface in the US?

US First Lady Michelle Obama smiles during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, USA on 01 May 2010. EPA/OLIVIER DOULIERY

The mammy, Jezebel and "angry black woman" – All are stereotypes of African American females used by whites to justify slavery and racial inferiority. But even today, why do these black female tropes continue to resurface in popular US media, and what is the societal impact of these stereotypes for African American women? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Franchesca Ramsey @chescaleigh
Comedian and video blogger

Imani Perry @imaniperry
Professor, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University

Moya Bailey @moyazb
Member, Crunk Feminist Collective

Darron Smith @DrDarronSmith
Professor, University of Tennessee

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