Black girls are scarcely represented in the media, and on the rare occasion that we are featured in film or television, it is to play the stereotypical role of the angry or sassy black girl. However, we deserve complex representation of what it feels like to be a black girl in today’s world. Here are 8 films and tv shows with solid portrayals of black women:
Moesha follows the life of Moesha Denise Mitchell, a high school student navigating life with her middle-class family in Los Angeles. Young dark-skinned girls will get to see themselves on the screen and recognize parts of themselves in the protagonist, Moesha, played by singer Brandy Norwood. Although the show is more than 20 years old, there are still many relevant topics that young black girls will be able to relate to. Moesha delves into common real-life issues like teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, racial conflict and the death of a parent.
Awkward Black Girl
You’ve probably already heard of the hilariously relatable web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. The comedy webseries by Issa Rae follows an awkward Black girl named “J”, an employee at a company called Gutbuster. The series is based on J’s interactions with her Gutbuster co-workers and love interests, D, White Jay and Fred. There are some real laugh-out-loud moments as the show makes funny, observational commentary on race and the struggles of dating, as a black woman. J’s first-person voice is extremely relatable and perfect for preteens and teenaged black girls who need a little reassurance that it’s okay to be awkward. However, at times the content is mature, and there is quite a bit of profanity, so the web series is best for teens and older.