Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado


BreOnna Tindall

Faculty Sponsor

Patricia Jolly


This study focuses on the messages that Black women receive about singleness and their ability to maintain a healthy relationship with a Black man from movies that are distributed by mainstream media outlets as well as the implications those messages have on formation of potential relationships. This project analyzes the depictions of Black women in two blockbuster movies and explicates the messages of each character. The analyses and supported claims are heavily based in Social identity theory, Social comparison theory, and Gaze theory.