BiographyMarquita M. Gammage is an Assistant Professor in the Africana Studies Department at California State University, Northridge. She earned her PhD in African American Studies from Temple University. Her research interest focus on overt and covert representations of racism and sexism as it pertains to media generated images of Black womanhood. Marquita Gammage was raised in the 9th ward community in New Orleans, LA and her experiences led her to yield an unwavering commitment to researching issues impacting the Black community. Dr. Gammage first began researching the representations of Black women in the media as an undergraduate student at Howard University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Harris, Dr. Gammage published her research on "The Power of the Image: Black Women in Rap Music Videos" through the McNair Research Scholars Program. Since then she has diligently researched media portrayals of Black women and in 2011 defended her dissertation on "Representation of Black Women in Rap Music Videos." Her text, Representations of Black Women in the Media: The Damnation of Black Womanhood" critically analyses contemporary media portrayals of Black women and argues that these images have damned Black women to an inferior position in society. Dr. Gammage is married and a mother of two amazing children.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
The Black Family
The Black Family
Mentoring Black female youth
Cooking New Orleans Cuisine
By: Marquita Gammage
LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING
Exploring the role that racism, misogyny and media play in the representation of Black womanhood, this book provides an in-depth analysis of contemporary media portrayals of Black women and a foundation for challenging negative representations of Black women. Television dramas, reality television shows, and news coverage of First Lady Michelle Obama are discuss as they reinforce stereotypes of Black womanhood. Dr. Marquita Gammage will provide a lecture and live reading of her book "Representations of Black Women in the Media: The Damnation of Black Womanhood."