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From Essence to Black Girl Magic: History of Black women’s image in media

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From Essence to Black Girl Magic: History of Black women’s image in media

By Katie Bohn via

Penn State professor’s new book examines image economy of Black women

As a child, Timeka Tounsel spent hours flipping through the pages of Essence magazine in a Detroit beauty salon. The magazines, she remembers, were filled with images of and content tailored for Black women, offering something many other forms of mass media at the time did not: representation.

These memories inspired Tounsel, now an assistant professor of African American studies and media studies at Penn State, to write a new book exploring how mainstream brands and mass media companies have represented — and profited from — Black women throughout the years.

“There have been many periods of time in which Black women are celebrated in the media, such as in Essence when it originated in the seventies and today with many companies talking about ‘Black Girl Magic’ and being anti-racist,” Tounsel said. “But while this co

da from the point of view of the companies.”

The book — “Branding Black Womanhood: Media Citizenship from Black Power to…

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