Deconstructing tropes and uplifting black love in media

Women’s Center Program Manager Brittany Davis presents a media clip of black love in the television show “A Different World” | Jasmine Ayanna Garcia, PantherNOW

Jasmine Ayanna Garcia | Contributing Writer

The Women’s Center explored the personal and societal influences of black romance tropes in their Black Love in Media event.

Members of FIU’s Centers for Student Engagement, Women’s Center, and Pride Center attended the presentation showing Black Love in Media hosted in GL 220 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Media clips from television shows like A Different World, Black-ish, and Insecure were presented for analysis. 

Dr. Paula Powell lead the analysis by presenting research determining that there are negative stereotypes of African Americans in popular media, especially in romance tropes. 

Powell received her master’s degree from FIU in Mass Communication, and has honed her expertise in different states and countries. FIU Alumna Powell is now an Assistant Teaching Professor for the School of Communication. 

Powell and other members of the hosting organization declined to answer when approached for commentary by PantherNOW.

Attendees were encouraged to share their personal experiences, media analyses, and social perceptions in relation to the presented media and research. 

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