Black Women In Media and On TV: Shonda Rhimes, How To Get Away With Murder, and the “Angry Black Women” Stereotype

Shonda RhimesSeptember 30, 2014 – Segment 2

In light of the controversial article by Allesandra Stanley in the September 18 issue of the New York Times, in which Stanley suggests that Shonda Rhimes — producer of TV shows ScandalGrey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder— and her characters are “angry black women,” we take a look at portrayals of black women in the media and on TV.

With: Dr. Lisa N. Williams, Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore City Public Schools and member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a project of Fusion Partnerships; Dani McClain, contributor and Fellow with the Nation Institute; and Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award for her book, Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.