Master’s Thesis

Kierra Renee Master’s Thesis

Dear White Writers, An Analysis of Contemporary TV Sitcoms Starring Black-ish People

This project explores the changing landscape of entertainment media and how it has allowed viewers to consume content both traditionally through television and streaming platforms including Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. As the landscape continues to evolve, so does audience entertainment pallets, craving the depiction of diverse and relatable stories. For so long, black characters were mere tropes illustrating walking stereotypes to a mass audience. Black viewers crave authentic representation not only on the screens but behind the scenes as well. The purpose of this study is to explore the importance and influence of racial diversity in contemporary U.S. entertainment television. Click here to read Dear White Writers, An Analysis of Contemporary TV Sitcoms Starring Black-ish People.

Television Shows Analyzed

Insecure is HBO’s new series following the lives of two black women as they struggle to navigate the terrains of their personal and professional world. The series is seen through the viewpoint of two modern day black women in South LA. The show depicts the journey of the two best friends on their journey towards #BlackGirlMagic.

Black-ish revolves around a black upper-middle-class family as they juggle many issues and the father’s conviction to form a foundation of cultural identity for his family. 

Dear White People follows a group of black students on the campus of Winchester University, a fictional Ivy League college where diverse students are forced to take photos for admission pamphlets. The university has a known culture for covert racism and overt racist antics like a blackface party that is swept under the rug..