Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Sarita Davis

Second Advisor

Jonathan Gayles

Third Advisor

Tiffany King

Abstract

This study examines the influence of Beyoncé’s brand of Black Feminism on the sexual decision making and agency among African American female millennials. This study explores how young African American women interpret and are influence by Beyoncé’s treatment of race, class, and gender as sites of power and privilege. The study targets fourteen (14) Black women ages 18 to 25 who are attending Georgia State University. Narrative inquiry was used to capture participants’ stories via structured interviews. The study’s findings have implications for several arenas of research including sexual communication studies, African American male-female relationships, and gender studies.

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