Master of Arts (MA)
Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies
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This study observed the ways Black females on Instagram perform sociopolitical humor online to push back against the dominant culture in this digital age – maintaining the Black comedy tradition. It explores and illuminates the strategies of resistance exhibited by Instagram comediennes through a textual analysis informed by minor discourse, intersectionality, and critical feminist theories. Each comic’s personae were investigated and their content on Instagram was randomly selected and coded then grouped into themes. Black insta-comediennes shared Black feminist thought, modified beliefs about Black females or conventionality, and negotiated with the industrial demands of show business to earn subjectivity on Instagram and their actions revealed how the platform is uniquely adjacent to mainstream media. This gave Black women room to forward Black women's epistemology in cyberspace to ultimately subvert negative stereotypes of Black women and give voice to the modern Black female experience – with millions of views.
Black comedy; comic personae; feminist humor; Instagram; intersectionality; minor discourse
Broadcast and Video Studies | Journalism Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Foreman, Naoka, "Queens of Discourse: An Observation of Black Insta-Comediennes" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4398.
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