"Angry" Black Women
by Ene Agi
Illustration Thesis, BDes, OCAD University (2020)
Advisor: Jody Hewgill
“Angry” Black Women is a series of editorial illustrations which portrays viral instances of racialized sexism to critique the lens through which our society views black women as well as the widespread vilification of our responses to this misogynoir. Renaming the emotions behind the actions and words of the women in question, “Angry” Black Women seeks to expose that this label is deliberately used to discredit and minimize black women’s perspectives as well as bully us out of resisting oppression.
In 2018, award-winning veteran comedian and actress, Mo’Nique, called for a Netflix boycott after she was offered $500,000 for a stand up special, compared to Amy Schumer’s $11 million (negotiated up to $13 million), Chris Rock’s $20 million,and Seinfeld’s $100 million. Unopen to negotiation, Netflix failed to explain why a comedian with Mo’Nique’s resume would be offered so much lower, and even called her claims of prejudice “nonsensical.” Undervalued addresses the practice of grossly undervaluing the work of black women experts, in any field,and acknowledges that there are multiple levels of disparity between differently marginalized groups.