The conversation focuses on the images of black women in media. I've been concerned about the perceptions of black women for quite a while, particularly in the hip hop industry. The conversation was lively, and as the father of teenage girls, I am always curious about the images that are being presented to them in mainstream media. The most interesting guest on this segment was Michaela Angela Davis, a powerful and intriguing figure who consistently objected to my constant use of the term "you guys" when referring to the all-female group of guests in the room. Sorry Michaela, but I still say it sometimes, I'll keep trying to get better.
Christina Mendez is not only drop-dead gorgeous, but also opened my eyes to many of the challenges of plus size models in America. For some reason, they say she's obese, but one look at Christina will tell you that she's more beautiful than nearly any other model in the industry. I have no doubt she is going to continue to be even more successful than she already is.
Dr. Catrice Austin is a well-respected dentist who added valuable insight regarding the amount of work some celebs go through in order to look good. She works on the smile, but many of us have seen situations where a celebrity seems to go through an entire body transplant to fit the image that we think we should have of them.
Last, but certainly not least, Alisha Crutchfield works on images behind the scenes, doing fashion work for all of the major events that you've surely heard about: Rip the Runway, Miss. Universe, you name it. She mentioned that Michaela was one of her heroes, but Alisha is also one of mine. I am still amazed at what makeup artists do for my shiny bald head every time I appear on CNN.
Check out the interview in the video, it was good. I learned a lot about black women during the conversation, but I continue to learn something new each day.
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Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and a Scholarship in Action Resident of the Institute for Black Public Policy. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.