Journal Article

Black(er)face and Post-Racialism: Employing Racial Difference and “Progressive” Primitivism Online

Cristina Mislán and Rokeshia Renné Ashley

in Communication Culture & Critique

Volume 11, issue 2, pages 247-264
Published in print June 2018 | ISSN: 1753-9129
Published online May 2018 | e-ISSN: 1753-9137 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcy007
Black(er)face and Post-Racialism: Employing Racial Difference and “Progressive” Primitivism Online

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Communication Studies
  • Use of Technology in Communication
  • Communication Theory and Methodology
  • International and Global Communication
  • Interpersonal and Intergroup Communication

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Abstract

This article examines the ongoing prevalence of Black(er)face in contemporary visual culture and its connection to post-racial discourse. To explore contemporary Black(er)face performativity and its post-racial justifications, we employed a textual analysis of Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter’s visual performance as “African Queen” in the French magazine L’Officiel Paris and online media responses. Findings examine how Beyoncé’s visual African Queen representation raises questions about the ways racial difference relies on the notion of “progressive” primitivism. Furthermore, online commentaries responded to these Black(er)face images by couching the discourse of art and fashion within a post-racial lens, also rooted in progressive primitivism.

Keywords: Blackface; Popular Culture; Post-Racialism; Online Media

Journal Article.  8063 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies ; Use of Technology in Communication ; Communication Theory and Methodology ; International and Global Communication ; Interpersonal and Intergroup Communication

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.