For those of you who are interested in her life….
After all the use of the n-word in Bamboozled, I thought this video that my friend posted a couple of days ago was interesting. We might be skyping with her later in the semester.
As we look at representations of Black women in popular culture, it is important to understand how social media contributes to the dehumanizing of Black girlhood. Somehow it became okay for grown men and women to laugh at the brutal assault of a young girl. Somehow she was blamed for the violence perpetrated on her body. Sharkiesha was glorified and ShaMichael (the unnamed victim) was demonized. How do sites like World Star Hip Hop aid in the dehumanizing of Black women and girls? Why is it so easy to laugh at their pain? How would the reaction of the public be different if ShaMichael was a white? or a man? How is Sharkiesha’s performance inline with stereotypes of Black womenhood in popular culture?