Dr. Naeemah Clark, a student at Elon University, came to the Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus to bring awareness to the Equality and Inclusion we see in entertainment or lack of these qualities.
His presentation began with a story about his love of television as a child. He made a goddess of beautiful women on screen but realized that there were very few like her.
As a black woman in the “Charlie’s Angels” and “Cher” world, she struggled to find beautiful, lovable women with whom she could socialize. And although many important changes have been made with regard to the expansion of delegates to today’s entertainment industry, Drs. Clark believes these have been minor changes to a major problem.
Dr. Clark encouraged us to look at media differences through representation with a critical lens and to recognize the relationship between cultural expression and everyday life.
Another major issue discussed in this production was the representation of black women on television in a very discriminatory manner that linked them with negative traits and flaws. Dr. Clark pointed out that this common misconception about black women is due to the inequality of television production and the patterns of simplicity we see from time to time.
Dr. Clark believes it is difficult for black women in the film to emerge from these genres because it is difficult to challenge the commercial appeal of these people in the national and international entertainment industry.
When asked the question “What can we do?” Dr. Clark believes the answer lies in creating a community that leads to cultural potential and provides an environment for DEI projects (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion). He thinks that these tools develop skills, promote empathy, change attitudes, and promote positive behaviors that help us achieve cultural competence and equal outcomes.
As a campus celebrating diversity and inclusion, it is extremely important that we continue to take the lead and seek the advice of educated people like Dr. Clark, who demonstrates commitment to contributing to media representation dialogue for all.