Awkward Black girls and postfeminist possibilities: representing millennial Black women on television in Chewing Gum and Insecure

Francesca Sobande

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This article considers the extent to which UK E4 sitcom Chewing Gum (2015–present) and US HBO (Home Box Office) comedy-drama Insecure (2016–present), speak to the rise of shows which have prompted questions concerning Black feminism and television. More specifically, this work is guided by the following question: How are ‘millennial’ Black women represented in Chewing Gum and Insecure, and in what ways is feminist media discourse implicated in this? As such, this article is part of an expanding body of media and online studies located within Black feminist parameters, yet in ways which explore tensions and potential overlaps between the notions of postfeminist and Black feminist media texts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Nov 2018



  • Black women
  • digital
  • feminism
  • gender
  • intersectional
  • race

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