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Fears

by Lillie Fears, Arkansas State University

 

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Sandra Combs, Arkansas State University

 

The Meaning of “Angry Black Woman” in Print Media Coverage of First Lady Michelle Obama

 

ABSTRACT:

Studies of African-American women’s portrayals in media have arrived at similar conclusions: African-American women’s representations are stereotypical, negative and often controversial. This case study explores the issues and implications surrounding traditional four dominant images of black women--mammy, matriarch, jezebel and welfare queen—as well as new or contemporary ones—such as the angry black woman. Suggestions for developing more positive or alternative terms for describing African-American women are also introduced.