BLACK AND FEMALE AT WORK: A VIDEO ESSAY by Amber Williams

BLACK AND FEMALE AT WORK: A VIDEO ESSAY

Amber Williams

Using the knowledge that I have gained over the past four years as a Media and Society major and a Women’s studies minor and my current BIDS 287 course “The Video Essay, ” I will be creating a video essay that will document and examine aspects of the experience of black women in the workplace. This is an independent project that arose out of my passions for both broadcast and other media and for analyzing the black female experience, particularly in the context of the need to tell black women’s stories–something that my experience in a predominantly white institution puts front and center for me.

I will be interviewing a selection of black women in the workplace to gather in-depth information about their experiences. I also will use the BET television series, “Being Mary Jane”, as the basis of my work, using the show’s depiction as a way to formulate the thematic categories of questions that I would ask my subjects that I interview. I will then use my personal experiences with past jobs and internships in order to personalize my video essay.

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