The Strong Black Woman Trope, Explained

The Strong Black Woman has been standing tall for many decades. She’s unbreakable, resilient, almost superhuman. So what’s the problem with this seemingly empowering depiction of black women? What do the stories of Annalise Keating (How to Get Away with Murder), Celie (The Color Purple), Olivia Pope (Scandal), Michonne (The Walking Dead), and Miranda Bailey (Grey’s Anatomy) tell us? In this video, let’s take a look at the history and meaning behind the Strong Black Woman Trope.

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