Recent studies have shown some interesting findings regarding the representation of Black women on TV.
A 2019 study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media revealed that, while Black female characters are often portrayed as attractive, smart, and holding leadership positions, they are also disproportionately represented in service industry jobs, often sexualised and subject to verbal objectification.
In the UK, a 2021 report by The Creative Diversity Network showed that BAME representation declined in 2020, indicating a dire need for more diverse representation in general.
On a more optimistic note, the 2020s are on track to be a groundbreaking decade, with more representation of Black female characters than ever before taking centre stage. It’s important to celebrate and acknowledge some of those iconic characters gracing our screens and explore their impact and significance.