Civic Engagement Project – Women of Color in Media (With Proposal)

Civic Engagement Project – Women of Color in Media (With Proposal) (125 pts) Each student will submit a four (4) page critical thinking essay where you analyze the expectations of women of color in the media. You may choose to analyze a specific woman of color, a fictional TV or film character, a TV show, a movie, a song, a poem, or a music video – all of which must be within the last two (2) years – that depicts women of color. You will analyze how the depictions of this woman or women are similar and/or different from the expectations (stereotypes) that are placed on women of color in the media. You will also analyze how those expectations have affected women of color today. You may use yourself, if you identify, or a women of color when comparing expectations. ? Options: o Specific Woman of color in Media: Give a brief historical summary of the woman or character. Where is she from? Or, what show is she on? How is she or the character represented? What are some of the ways that she or her character perpetuate and/or break away from the stereotypical expectations of women of color? Compare and contrast the woman or character to what you have learned about women of color and the issues that are affecting them today. The show she appears on must still be on TV, not in reruns, or have ended within the last two (2) years o Film or TV Show: Name the film/show Give a brief historical summary of the show. What kind of film/show is it? Who is it intended for? Is it specific groups of women of color (i.e. Asian Americans, LGBTQ identified, Educated, Socioeconomically disadvantaged, etc.)? How is it advertised- are their national advertisements or is it group specific? (THINK about how you found out about the film/show.) What is the message of the film/show? Was it positive or negative? Describe some of the images that you see. Do the representations portrayed in the film/show reflect a positive or negative image of women of color, as you see them? Why, or why not? Does the film/show reaffirm or break away from typical” ideas about race, gender roles, sexuality, class, etc.? Compare and contrast the film or TV show to what you have learned about women of color and the **You are NOT allowed to research the following women or shows : Oprah, Any of the Kardashians, Tyra Banks, Rihanna (music & videos okay), Beyoncé (music & videos okay), Viola Davis, Maya Angelou, Nicki Minaj (music & videos okay), Shonda Rhimes, Shows: Grey”s Anatomy, Orange is the New Black 8 issues that are affecting them today. The film must have been released in the past two years. The show must still be on the air, not in reruns, or have ended within the last two years. o A song, poem, or music video produced or performed by a woman of color: Give a brief historical summary of the artist. Analyze the song, poem, or video. What is the message of the text/video? Why do you think the artist chose these words/images? Can any connections be made from the artist to her message? Does the song, poem, or video touch on any themes from the course? Is the song, poem, or video uplifting for women of color, demoralizing, both, or neither? Why do you think that is? In your opinion, does this song, poem, or video represent or break away from the expectations and stereotypes for women of color? How so or why not? Compare and contrast the song, poem, or video to what you have learned about women of color and the issues that are affecting them today. All songs, poems, or music videos must have been produced within the last two (2) years ? Paper: o The paper must be four (4) – pages minimum, typed, double-spaced with font (12 pt.), proper margins (1 in.), 1.5 in spacing, numbered pages, and properly annotated with chosen source citation format. o You must submit your paper to the Smarthinking online Review system BEFORE submitting for grade. (Smarthinking takes about 24- 48 hours to return your work) o You must do research for this assignment and cite all sources within your paper

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