The Black Woman in Me: You don’t have to Call Me Beautiful
Generally, American society’s references of what is considered beautiful is based on what is presented in different forms of media, from women’s fashion magazines to different television shows and movies and from these references comes the unspoken connotation that those featured meet society’s standards of beauty, but how about those who might not? In conjunction with this subject, discussions continue criticizing the general lack of a diversity of Black women’s images in American media. One underlining query stemming from both subjects goes to what is considered beautiful; hence an experiment was carried out using photography as the medium through which viewers identified how they saw Black women’s images.
||Communicating Beauty, Black Women’s Images, Photography as Communication, Art Photography as a Venue of Diversity, Black Women’s Images
International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.13-22.
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Assistant Professor, Public Relations and Public Relations Consultant, Mogan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Dr. OluwaTosin Adegbola is a college professor by training: she attained her Bachelor’s degree at Kentucky State University and her Master’s and Doctorate at Howard University, all in America. Her key areas of study were English, Public Relations and Mass Communications. She was also a post-grad fellow at Columbia University, focusing on Book and Magazine Publishing. Her areas of teaching include but aren’t limited to Public Relations, Mass Communications, Intercultural Communication and Interpersonal Communications. Her main area of research is on women’s images and identity. Adegbola is also the founder and director of SimpleComplexity, LLC; a public relations consultancy providing communication solutions to small businesses and individuals. Services include media training, freelance photography, promotional guides, strategic planning and professional empowerment workshops. It is home to the non-profit ©Mirror Inside of Me (MIMe – pronounced me me) foundation and producer of the photographic series, ©The Black Woman In Me. The MIMe Program focuses on the internal wellbeing of female teenagers towards creating healthy external images and self value. Designed for female teenagers of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds aged 13-19 years, the program also consists of an academic scholarship and humanity gift endeavor. The MIMe Program advocates developing the inside image to cultivate stronger, stable, positive and more complete women. ©The Black Woman In Me series is an artistic contribution of positive imagery of Black women in society. The first installation of the series was the 2006 Calendar. The aim is to offer varied depiction of Black women and the characteristic roles they play; emphasis is placed on theme structures in which the diversity of Black women’s images exist in reality.
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