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978-1-4985-1932-8 • Hardback • January 2016 • $122.00 • (£94.00)
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Donnetrice C. Allison is associate professor of communication studies and Africana studies at Stockton University.
Section One: Portrayals of Christianity and Motherhood
Section Two: Portrayals of the Angry Black Woman
- High Tea, Church Hats, Pastor Wives, and Friendships: A critical race feminism analysis of Black women in Preachers of L.A. by Elizabeth Whittington Cooper
- The God in Me: Faith, Reality TV, and Black Women by Chetachi A. Egwu
- From 90s Girl to Hip-Hop Wife: An Analysis of the Portrayal of Tiny as Black Mother in Reality Television by Ryessia Jones, Johnny Jones & Siobhan E. Smith
- Are Black Women Loud?: Neoliberal and Postfeminist Protagonists in OWN’s Televisual Sphere by Mia E. Briceño & Evene Estwick
- Can’t Have It All: An Analysis Of Black Motherhood On Reality Television by Allison M. Alford, Madeline M. Maxwell, Ryessia D. Jones & Angelica, N. Morris
Section Three: Portrayals of Black Women as Spouses, Girlfriends and Lovers
- Is She Strong or Just a b!@*#? Discussions of Black Women’s Anger in the Reality Show Bad Girls Club by Adria Y. Goldman
- The “Tyra Tyrade”: Reinforcing the Sapphire Through Online Parody by Tracey Owens Patton & Julie Snyder-Yuly
- A Critical Analysis of Black Womanhood in NBC’s The Apprentice by Donyale R. Padgett & Donnetrice C. Allison
Conclusion: Discussion and Implications by Donnetrice C. Allison
- Dehumanized and Empowered? Black Women, Reality Television, and Love and Hip Hop Atlanta by Patrick Bennett and Rachel Alicia Griffin
- The “Down Ass Bitch” in the Reality Television Show Love and Hip Hop: The Image of the Enduring Black Woman and Her unwavering support of the Black Man by Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers
- Real Housewives or Real Lies? New Constructions of “Housewives” on The Real Housewives of Atlanta by Shavonne Shorter
Black Women’s Portrayals on Reality Television: The New Sapphire presents a collection of scholarship that convincingly asserts that we are not yet done with questions of representation and stereotype as it pertains to the imagistic treatment of Black women. Reading across the often complex and controversial terrain of reality television, the authors display interpretive prowess as they take on issues such as resurrection of traditional stereotypes, potency of 'ratchetness,' and respectability policing dilemmas. The representational plight of Black women is ably balanced here with attention to themes of transformation, agency, and possibility.
— Robin R. Means Coleman, University of Michigan
This book is an engaging discussion of reality television. It is a pleasure to observe how young communication scholars have come together to critically analyze Black women's various roles in reality television. What is especially appealing is the variety of topics covered and the direction it has given us: “future research in this area must move toward examining viewers' responses to the identified portrayals of Black women.” This impressive collection is likely to revive interest in researching the impact of portrayals of Blacks and Black women in the media. Interdisciplinary in nature, the analysis is sure to become a resource for scholars, researchers, and graduate students in media studies, communications, sociology, and women's studies. I look forward to assigning Black Women’s Portrayals on Reality Television as required reading in my African American Issues in Communication course.
— Carolyn Stroman, Howard University