Shifting Roles: The Depiction of Black Womanhood in 'Scandal' and 'Deception'2/14/2013
When you think about black women on television, they are almost always the supporting actress or t...
When you think about black women on television, they are almost always the supporting actress or the reality TV star. And if they do have a main role, it is usually for a program with a majority black cast. ABC’s Scandal altered this trajectory when it aired in April of 2012 with actress Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope the main character of the series. And in January 2013 NBC’s Deception followed suit with actress Meagan Good as Joanna Locasto the leading lady of this mystery soap.
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