Last week we had some Real Talk on The Angry Black Woman with a special guest Kathryn Seabron.
Kathryn Seabron is a multi-talented artist known for her work as a writer, performer, producer, dancer, choreographer, actor, and activist. She is the writer and performer of the thought-provoking one-woman show “Angry Black Woman 101”. As a co-choreographer, she is behind the creative vision of the “Fat Flash Mob”. Kathryn also serves as a moderator for the “Good Men Project”, using her platform to advocate for important issues. In addition to her work as a performer, Kathryn is the Co-Artistic Director for the Bay Area Women’s Theater Festival, further solidifying her commitment to elevating and empowering female voices in the arts.
In our society, there is a harmful and pervasive stereotype of the “angry black woman.” This label has been used to discredit and dismiss black women’s experiences of injustice and discrimination, and it has far-reaching consequences for our self-esteem and well-being.
As Kathryn, a black woman, shares, this stereotype is perpetuated in media and popular culture by portraying black women as constantly angry, aggressive, and prone to outbursts. This portrayal ignores the many other emotions and experiences that black women have, and it reinforces the idea that our emotions are not valid.
Despite this, Kathryn argues that there is a place for anger in the black female experience. Black women have every right to be angry about the injustices we face, whether that’s in the workplace, in our personal lives, or in society at large. But this anger should not be used to dismiss our experiences or to pigeonhole us into a one-dimensional stereotype.
Kathryn also points out that black women are often labeled as “aggressive” for simply speaking up or using declarative sentences. This too is a harmful stereotype that undermines our right to assert ourselves and our opinions.
So, why “Angry Black Woman”? Kathryn sees it as a way to reclaim the stereotype and turn it on its head. By owning our emotions, including our anger, we can challenge the stereotypes that seek to diminish us. We can also show that there is more to us than just anger or aggression.
In the end, the angry black woman stereotype is just that: a stereotype. It is not an accurate representation of the full range of emotions and experiences that black women have. By speaking out against this stereotype and owning our emotions, we can break free from these harmful labels and create a world where all women, regardless of race, are free to express themselves without fear of judgment or discrimination.
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