Annalise as lead Assimilationist: How to Get Away with Murder’s Embodiment of Black Female Pressure to “look” the Part

Admittedly, when I first heard of How to Get Away With Murder I expected entertainment. While it certainly it keeps me on the edge of my seat, the newest #tgit (Thank God It's Thursday-ABC) addition does something more.  With its lead Annalise Keating played by Viola Davis and supporting actress Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, [...]

The Othered Woman as the Other Woman: Addicted to the Hyper Sexual Black Female

On the latest episode of How to Get Away with Murder, the audience learns that protagonist Annalise Keating, was once the mistress of her now husband. While this detail may be casually regarded as exhibiting the necessary drama for prime time, it aligns Keating with a blossoming caricature of black women in contemporary media. Despite [...]

How To Get Away With a Black Female Protagonist

How To Get Away With a Black Female Protagonist

Last night, ABC aired the much anticipated return of Scandal starring the lovely Kerry Washington, then debuted new series How to Get Away With Murder, starring the phenomenal Viola Davis. Despite the social media induced competition between the two protagonists, Pope and Keating are not mutually exclusive characters. Rather, both are exclusive mutually in the expansion of [...]