Conference Panel on TV Show Scandal

September 26, 2015



Pictured from left to right: Dr. Sheena Harris, Ms. Armanthia Duncan, Dr. Derrick Lanois, Dr. Jervette R. Ward, and Dr. Le'Trice Donaldson


Scandalous: Gender, Power, and Sexuality in Scandal

Dr. Jervette R. Ward, Dr. Derrick Lanois, and Ph.D. Candidate Armanthia Duncan presented on the TV show Scandal at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Centennial Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The panel was chaired by Dr. Le'Trice Donaldson, and Dr. Sheena Harris served as the Commentator.  Scandal has become a social phenomenon drawing millions of viewers weekly. These viewers gaze upon the lead actress Kerry Washington who plays Olivia Pope, a powerbroker and fixer but also a mistress and a criminal. A web of race, class, gender, and sexuality are conveyed to viewers as authentic and realistic performances. This panel examined the multitude of messages delivered to the audience utilizing historical depictions of African Americans.



"Olivia Pope: Breaking the Spell of the 'Magic Negro'”

Jervette R. Ward, Ph.D.


"THE REEL AIN'T REAL: Scandal and Black Female Equality"

Armanthia Nicole Duncan


"I am the Hell and the High Water: Black Masculinities and Body Politics in Scandal"

Derrick Lanois, Ph.D.



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