Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Sarita Davis

Second Advisor

Lia Bascomb

Third Advisor

Tiffany King


Love & Hip-Hop (LHH) is known to be the highest rated reality TV show, producing more than 400,000 viewers on the season premiere of Love & Hip-Hop: Miami and continues to be one of the most talked about cable series across Facebook and Twitter (Etkin, 2018). Considering the demographic that LHH speaks to, 74% of women between the ages of 18-49 tune into LHH weekly and 81% of viewers are Black with an average media age viewership of 36 (Etkin, 2018). Additionally, this study explores the ways in which misogynoir is fluid in the performances of the characters on VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop (LHH) and how the characters and viewers claim agency and space through their involvement in the Hip-Hop industry and social media. This study will investigate the new phenomena of emerging hip-hop reality tv culture and its nuance in Black women’s involvement in Hip-Hop that defies respectability politics.