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RESISTING MEDIA IMAGES:. AN EXAMINATION OF BLACK CULTURES Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP Minneapolis, MN October 2007. Black Cultures. Vernacular Classical. Vernacular Culture. Newspaper Television Radio Cinema. Intent and Vernacular Culture. Those who control the images

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Resisting media images

RESISTING MEDIA IMAGES:

AN EXAMINATION OF BLACK CULTURES

Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP

Minneapolis, MN

October 2007


Black cultures
Black Cultures

  • Vernacular

  • Classical


Vernacular culture
Vernacular Culture

  • Newspaper

  • Television

  • Radio

  • Cinema


Intent and vernacular culture
Intent and Vernacular Culture

  • Those who control the images

  • Those whose images are controlled


Internalized oppression and vernacular culture
Internalized Oppression and Vernacular Culture

  • Frequency makes images “real”

  • Greed can mean the perpetuation of such images

  • Resulting internalized oppression may mean a dis-identification with one’s own people


Resistance and recognition
Resistance and Recognition

  • Classical Black culture accounts for survival of Black people

  • Classical Black culture needs to be taught and internalized

  • Classical Black culture affirms and recognizes positive images of Blacks


Resistance as resilience i
Resistance as Resilience I

  • Make Connections

  • Avoid Seeing Crises as Insurmountable Problems

  • Accept that Change is a Part of Living

  • Move toward Your Goals

  • Take Decisive Actions


Resistance as resilience ii
Resistance as Resilience II

  • Look for Opportunities for Self-discovery

  • Nurture a Positive View of Yourself

  • Keep Things in Perspective

  • Maintain a Hopeful Outlook

  • Take Care of Yourself


It s in the story
It’s in the Story

  • Focus on Family

  • Valuing Literacy

  • The Community as a Source of Strength

  • Spirituality as a Cornerstone


Spirituality as a cornerstone
Spirituality as a Cornerstone

Vernacular Culture

The Black minister is a buffoon

The Black church is just about the hereafter

Classical Culture

The Bible was often the first “reader” for Blacks

The Black Church has been the starting place for many with verbal, oratorical and singing skills

The Black church has been a social service organization in the community

The Black church has been a source of liberation theology


Valuing literacy
Valuing Literacy

Vernacular Culture

Black Children Are Unable to Learn How to Read and Speak “Standard” English

Classical Culture

After Emancipation, Blacks donated land, raised money and built with their own hands, elementary schools in the south


Focus on the family
Focus on the Family

Vernacular Culture

TV Images of the Black Family

Good Times the First Intact Black TV Family

Classical Culture

Following Emancipation Black Men Sought to Re-Unite with Their Families


Community as a source of strength
Community as a Source of Strength

Vernacular Culture

Black communities are killing fields

Nothing good can come out of the community

Classical Culture

Black organizations have contributed to the development of Black youth

We value working together


Classical images
Classical Images

Pillars in the community

Church Deacon

MD/ Lawyer/Architect

School Workers-Maintenance/Bus Driver

Utility Worker

College Professor

Organizer

About: Values, Consistency, Loyalty


Classical images1
Classical Images

Man

Husband

Father

Grandfather

Uncle

Godfather


Classical images2
Classical Images

Pillars in the Community

Organizer

Teacher

Everybody’s Mother

MD/Lawyer/Architect/Engineer

Administrative Assistant

About Values


Classical images3
Classical Images

Women

Mothers

Aunts

Grandmothers

Godmothers


Work to do
Work To Do

  • Yes , We DO

  • Lead with Strength


Read the stories
Read the Stories

  • My Bondage and My Freedom- Frederick Douglass

  • Pushed Back to Strength- Gloria Wade Gayles

  • Trespassing-Gwendolyn M. Parker

  • Red River- Lalita Tademy

  • Anointed to Fly- Gloria Wade Gayles


And the women gathered
And the Women Gathered

Poem from Anointed to Fly

And the Women and Men Gathered


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