The video "Black women's hair throughout history" shows the history behind black women's hair. For example, from 1:10-1:30 there is an explanation of a law called the Tignon law that made black women cover their hair. This shows that the black women were supposed to keep their hair a secret and be somewhat belittled by their hair. To add on, from 3:10-3:35 it is shown that women grew their hair naturally with the support of the Black Power's movement. This shows that women were feeling empowered and were being supported in the growth of their hair. Therefore, this video showed the history of black women's hair.
Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" explores the idea of what "beauty" is. For example, "What made people look at them(the white doll) and say, "Awwwww," but not for me?" This shows that there's some type of difference in appearance that's causing people to like the white dolls rather than the black dolls. To add on, "Adults, older girls, shops, magazines, newspapers, window signs-all the world had agreed that a blue eyed, yellow haired, pink skinned doll was what every girl treasured. "Here," they said, "this is beautiful...". This shows that people only see beauty in things that are white with blue eyes and perfect straight blonde hair. Therefore, the idea of "Beauty" was very one sided and people only thought one had to look a specific way to be beautiful.
Tschabalala Self, born in Harlem, is a 26 year old female artist. Tschabalala never tells here exact reason for being interested in art, but from her art work it seems to be influenced my stereotypes and expectations set for black women. In her artwork Tschabalala uses mediums such as colored pencils, crayons, oil pastel, water color, German etching paper, and acrylic. Self's artwork has a theme of black women and their lives and them going against the "classy woman" stereotype. A black women's body is too beautiful to keep to herself. For example, in the painting the woman is sitting naked looking straight at the viewer as if not caring what people think about her body. This shows that she is proud of her body.To add on, the black woman seems very nonchalant about exposing her body showing that she loves her body and wants people to see it. This shows that she isn't ashamed of herself and has a lot of love for herself. Therefore, her body is too beautiful for her to keep to herself.
Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "Primer For Blacks" talks about appreciating who you are and the power of being black. For example, "Comprehend, to salute and to Love the fact that we are Black,". This shows that Gwendolyn Brooks is showing that you have to understand and celebrate that you are black. To add on, The word Black has geographic power, pulls everybody in". This line is saying that being black has a strength to it that pulls people together. People from different states even countries. Therefore, Gwendolyn Brooks' poem talks about the power and strength of being black and the unity that being black creates for people.
Queen Latifah's "Ladies First" talks about the power that women have and should show. For example, "We are the ones that give birth...To the new generation of prophets because it's Ladies First". This shows that Queen Latifah and Monie Love are telling people that women women create lives that can change society. To add on, "Grab the mic, look into the crowd and see smiles...Cause they see a woman standing up on her own two". This shows that people are happy and proud to see women being independent and depending on no one but themselves. Lastly, the video starts off with pictures of 5 powerful black woman. This brings the audience to think about women's power and their impact on society. Therefore, Queen Latifah and Monie Love give the message of powerful women and women's independence.
Toni Morrison's "Sweetness" talks about the problem and conflict of skin tones. The benefits of being light skin and the hardships of being dark skin and the how people treated dark skinned people. For example, "the lighter the better—in social clubs, neighborhoods, churches, sororities, even colored schools. But how else can we hold on to a little dignity? How else can we avoid being spit on in a drugstore, elbowed at the bus stop, having to walk in the gutter to let whites have the whole sidewalk". This shows that being light skin gave them benefits and it allowed them to feel superior and avoid the treatment of dark skin individuals. To add on, "But because of my mother’s skin color she wasn’t stopped from trying on hats or using the ladies’ room in the department stores. And my father could try on shoes in the front part of the shoe store, not in a back room. Neither one of them would let themselves drink from a “Colored Only” fountain, even if they were dying of thirst." This shows that they were treated very different from dark skin individuals and allowed them better advantages.