Movies and Television have long provided a method of entertainment, as well as provided information about places audiences may never see, or people they may never meet. These avenues of exploration have gifted audiences information about current events, fantastical stories, and amazing narratives, since their invention. However, for a long time, the avatars of these stories have often not been representative of their viewership, and this resulted in a world where those who did not see themselves in the media they consumed felt left-out, unheard, and voiceless. Through this one hour presentation, Dr. Rougeaux-Burnes will offer a brief history of cinema and racial representation, as well as a deeper dive into the mental impact of racial representation in media and how it informs how both majority and minority individuals think of themselves, and each other.
Gaston Rougeaux-Burnes, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in working with children, couples, and families in a variety of capacities through his private practice, The Family Center for Therapy and Assessment (tfcenter.org), located in Lubbock, Texas. Educationally, Dr. Rougeaux-Burnes is a native Texan and graduated highschool in Cypress, Texas. From there, he attended Baylor University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. Dr. Rougeaux-Burnes then pursued higher education at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, where he attained his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. As an African-American Mental Health Provider, Dr. Rougeaux-Burnes is passionate about empowering couples and families to find the solutions that work for them, as well as reach the goals they have for themselves. Additionally, Dr. Rougeaux-Burnes strives to continue his awareness of how race, class, and access to resources impact success, and uses his professional abilities to help bridge those gaps through his community service.
Why Wakanda Is Important: The Impact of Racial Representation in Media
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