This video from rapper Ludacris was released in 2006, and the song peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 music charts. Throughout the video, Ludacris and Pharrell are surrounded by dancing women in mini-dresses; the men flash $100 bills as they call on the women to “shake their moneymaker”.
At the 2014 Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, Lupita Nyong’o was honored for her breakthrough performance in the 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave. In her acceptance speech, she talks about Black beauty and media representation, growing up being teased for her dark skin and praying to God for a lighter shade, and how her self-perception changed when Sudanese British supermodel Alek Wek came on the international scene. She closes her speech encouraging girls and women to focus on compassion and “the deeper business of being beautiful inside.”
Rapper Macklemore's 2012 music video "Same Love" traces the life of its main character from birth to death. As he struggles with his sexual identity in his youth, bombarded by stereotypes, assumptions and labels, he eventually finds love with another man. The story then follows their marraige and long lasting relationship, with the final credits rolling over a variety of different gay and lesbian couples. The video soared to the top of the charts, scored an MTV VMA award for "Best Video with a Social Message," and was celebrated by many Americans as a powerful expression of support for the LGBT movement and same sex marriage.
This MAD TV sketch is a parody of Chris Rock’sNo Sex in the Champagne Room,a music video in which Rock doles out advice to his viewers in a comedic format. In this MAD TV version, “Chris Rock” (Phil LaMarr) takes the opportunity to give out advice about the role of African Americans in popular television. He tells viewers that “no matter what the networks tell you, there are no blacks on the TV screen – NONE!”
This is an episode of the short-lived 1994 sitcom All American Girl, starring comedian Margaret Cho. In it, Cho's character, Margaret Kim, is shown as a modern American 22-year-old who lives with her very traditional Korean immigrant family. The main themes of the series relate to conflicts between Margaret's "wild" lifestyle and her family's expectations of her. In this episode, Margaret takes Amy-- her conservative brother's fiancee, a "proper" young woman who is seen as "perfect" by the Kim family-- to a club for a night of partying before her wedding. After having so much fun at the club, Amy finds it difficult to return to her old life, much to the chagrin of Margaret's brother and the entire family.