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Dentist looks to increase positive images of Black women in the media
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Misee Harris in her early teens wanted to be a dentist. Last year she wanted to be network television’s very first Black Bachelorette. “Once I reach one goal, I get another one. I’m never done,” says the first Black woman in 2011 to be accepted into the University of Kentucky Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program. Dr. Misee [pronounced ‘Me-see’] Harris graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2006, and then attended the University of Kentucky Dentistry College and earned a Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree. Continue Reading →

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Few acting roles for Black females

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

Final installment of a four-part series

12 Years a Slave made five out of nine top-10 films of 2013 lists by movie critics, and Fruitvale Station made two such lists; these two movies featured Black males as leads.  However, only two Black females — Halle Berry (The Call, Sony Pictures) and Paula Patton (Baggage Claim, Fox Searchlight) — were leads in movies released by major Hollywood studios in 2013. “Critics don’t look at a film and notice that every one of the lead roles is White,” Uptown Magazine Editor Ronda Racha Penrice said in an October CNN.com article. A UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies released the “Hollywood Diversity Brief” in October and it stated that there is “a dearth of gender, racial and ethnic diversity in film and television — both in front of and behind the camera.”

Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are the only Black female leads on prime time network television this season. “I’m 5’1 and an African American woman. I just didn’t think anyone would have me to play the cop,” said Beharie of her character in an Essence magazine interview. Continue Reading →

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