At the red table: how intergenerational Black women are using Facebook Watch to cultivate critical conversations on health, identity, and relationships

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Chantell LaPan, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Red Table Talk, a web series exclusively aired on Facebook Watch, represents the narrative of intergenerational Black women who tackle critical conversations. The show, developed by Jada Pinkett-Smith and featuring her daughter and mother, brings in special guests for discussions on race, gender identity, sexual and mental health, co-parenting, and relationships. This paper relies on both qualitative and quantitative data from an audience survey, supplemented by thematic analysis to explore these themes. We show how the alternative media model of Facebook Watch and the series itself act as rebellions against institutionalized narratives that perpetuate stereotypes against people of color. We examine how Black women creators reclaim agency and resist generational forms of silencing by authoring a counter-narrative at the intersection of their lived cultural experiences.

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Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2022.2072752
Language: English
Date: 2022
gender, critical race theory, media, intersectionality, Facebook

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