Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2018

Department 1

Africana Studies

Department 2

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


This paper examines the usage of films like Set it off (1996) and Girl’s Trip (2017) and their sisterhood as friends as a way to dismantle tropes typically used towards Black Women. It is through the story lines of each movie that the main characters contradict certain female tropes and go against the societal norms that women are suppose to follow. Meanwhile, dismantling these tropes leads to the empowerment of sisterhood in these communities.


Written for AFS 250: Black Feminism in Film and Hip-Hop