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Decolonizing Mammy

At BFM, Kimberly Nichele Brown consider Octavia Spencer’s role in Tate Taylor’s Ma (2019). “Ma offers viewers a new archetype of black womanhood–the black female suburbanite. Unlike earlier representations of middle-class black women that can be readily subsumed under the archetype of the ‘black lady,’ instead of respectability politics being its primary thematic, this representation of black womanhood is underscored by the intersectional trauma black girls and women face in predominately white suburban settings that typically center around the politics of beauty, desirability, and popularity.”

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