Black Stereotypes in the Harlem Rennaissance

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In the last several sessions, we discussed a variety of black stereotypes portrayed in the media during the Harlem Renaissance. During the 1920s, there were specific stereotypes associated with Classic Blues vocal performers-especially black female artists. These stereotypes were based on the “Mammy” figure, which dates back to slavery. Female classic blues artists were portrayed as buxom and “hyper sexualized.” The idea of sexually independent women was considered immoral, so it is of no surprise that the stereotypes were unfair and damaging to the black culture. For further understanding of the common stereotypes, we looked at W. C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues. This short film featured many popular artists of the time, most notably, blues …show more content…

The opera is centered on Treemonisha, a woman who is young and educated, and assumes the responsibility as the one who would deliver the ex-slaves from their ignorance. Some of the negative stereotypes show blacks as ignorant, naïve, and rather helpless. The opera was commercially unsuccessful, and wasn’t produced until 1972.
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