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Being Mara Brock Akil: Representations of Black Womanhood on Television examines the body of work of Mara Brock Akil, the showrunner who produced Girlfriends, The Game, Being Mary Jane, and Love Is__. The contributions to this volume are theoretically anchored in Patricia Hill Collin's Black Feminist Thought, with a focus on how Brock Akil's shows intentionally address Black humanity and specifically provide context for Black women's lived experiences and empathy for Black womanhood by featuring woman-centered characters with flaws, strength, and complexity. Shauntae Brown White and Kandace L. Harris have compiled a volume that analyzes themes that define Black womanhood and examines audience reception of and social media interaction with Brock Akil's work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498592666
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 07/01/2019
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Kandace L. Harris is special assistant to the president and associate professor of mass communication and media studies at Shaw University.

Shauntae Brown White is coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies program and associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Being Mara Chapter 1: 'Girlfriends - There, Through Thick and Thin!': African American Female Sisterhood and the Quest for Happiness Chapter 2: Professional Success, Personal Turmoil: The Black Working Woman Image in Girlfriends Chapter 3: Real, Respectable, or Both: Respectability on Being Mary Jane through the Words of Mara Brock Akil Chapter 4: 'Girl, You Know I Got You:' The Ideology of Sisterhood on Being Mary Jane Chapter 5: What Love Is and Is Not: A Critical Discourse Analysis Chapter 6: Navigating The Game of Life: Women Viewers & The Game Chapter 7: Social Networks, Television and Black Women: An Analysis of Facebook Representations of Being Mary Jane Chapter 8: Social TV and Stereotypes: The Social Construction of #BeingMaryJane on Twitter Chapter 9: @MaraAkil: An Analysis of the Mara's Balance of Life, Family and Production on Instagram Afterword

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