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Through the Looking Glass: A Discussion on Black and Minority Images in the Media

Friday, March 1, 2013   (0 Comments)
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On February 28, 2013, the Black Law Students Association presented a panel discussion on blacks and minority images in the media. BLSA President LaToia Williams-Dyson, 2L, moderated a panel featuring OCPD Director Vanita Snow and Professor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke. Ms. Williams-Dyson opened the discussion by asking the panelists about stereotypes in reality shows like the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Ms. Snow said reality television is shaped by the dominant cultural perspective of the producers of the show. She also added that blacks are rarely the producers of television shows and lack financial resources to produce images that they might like to see. Prof. Reuben-Cooke spoke about stereotypes in the Amos 'n' Andy show while adding that black professionals are also portrayed negatively in tv shows like Ally McBeal. Clips from Love & Hip Hop and A Different World were shown, and the audience discussed positive vs. negative stereotypes of minorities in the media.

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