By : Janice Gassam Asare via https://www.forbes.com/
“What’s the best way to understand the Black women I manage?” This was a question posed by a consulting client of mine. With April being Black Women’s History Month, it’s an excellent time to think about how to support Black women in your workplace. Education can help you become more culturally competent.
Though there are a number of books I can recommend, not everyone enjoys reading. It’s important to consider alternative ways to expand your understanding of Black women. How does the angry Black woman trope show up? What is misogynoir and how does it affect Black women in your workplace?
Learning about communities outside our own plays a vital role in disrupting the inherent biases that lead to discrimination. This article focuses on five shows that can expand knowledge and awareness about Black women. Understanding unique experiences and cultural nuances will help you advocate for the Black women and femmes in your workplace.
The early 2000s show Girlfriends, created by Mara Brock Akil, follows the journeys of four late 20s-and 30-something year old women in Los Angeles, as they navigate friendship, love, life and loss. Girlfriends, which was on for eight seasons, is currently available on Netflix. The show is expansive in the number of issues it explores, which includes Black identity, racial microaggressions, infidelity, celibacy, interracial dating, and workplace culture among many other topics. Each character is both complex and complicated and viewers…