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Black Male Representation in Media

February 15, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm MST

Black Male Representation in Media

The lives of black men in the US have long been adversely affected by negative public perceptions. We are often turned away from jobs because we are not the “right fit”. While on the streets, we are regularly treated by police as dangerous suspects. In a 2011 study, Media Representations & Impact on the Lives of Black Men and Boys, conducted by The Opportunity Agenda, negative mass media portrayals were strongly linked with lower life expectations among black men. These portrayals, constantly reinforced in print media, on television, the internet, fiction shows, print advertising and video games, shape public views of and attitudes toward men of color. They not only help create barriers to advancement within our society, but also “make these positions seem natural and inevitable.”

In this panel discussion we will sit down with three panelist and discuss black male representation in media:

  • DJ Spooky
  • Russell Roots
  • Meligha Garfield

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