Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (BA)
Douglas Reichert Powell
Robert E. Watkins
This project will examine the change in representations of blackness and black character in commercially successful hip hop music through music videos directed by Hype Williams from 1995 to 2005. This research will use a womanist approach to address the significant historical influence of storytelling in the black narrative and how the emerging concepts of hypermasculinity and the degradation of the black body have seemingly become the new normal. These concepts largely contribute to the negative stereotypical perceptions of black identity that keeps black bodies marginalized because there is little diversity in the public representations of blackness while there exists an abundance of black representation.
Milligan, Akira, "Who Benefits from Blackness? The White Compulsion for Capital" (2017). Cultural Studies Capstone Papers. 18.
Broadcast and Video Studies Commons, Critical and Cultural Studies Commons, Cultural History Commons, Film and Media Studies Commons, Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication Commons, Music Performance Commons, Race and Ethnicity Commons, Social Influence and Political Communication Commons