What is the societal stereotype of a beautiful woman? How many women really fit that image? Stereotypes are a normal way humans organize the world in our minds, so what harm can a simple stereotype about beauty do to the vast majority of people who do not fit that image?
And what about people who get stereotyped as "not smart" or "fat?” What about a whole ethnic group that gets stereotyped?
The website Who's That Lady Entertainment aims to "document achievements of women that don't normally get a chance to shine on a regular basis." Read this interview with Who's That Lady Entertainment Creative Director Belinda Trotter-James and reflect on what stereotypes are in your life and how we all can work to go beyond the stereotypes and truly "see" one another.
—Becki Cohn-Vargas, Not In Our School Director
What is 'Who’s That Lady Entertainment' and why are you doing it?
Can you tell us more about the role of entertainers in social justice and change?
Entertainers are supposed to entertain. However, if their journey puts them in a position to shed light on social justice and change, then that will be the path which leads them to change how an issue is viewed by the world.
Can you give us a few examples of the women you are featuring.
Holly Robinson Peete is a major advocate for Autism and Parkinson’s disease through her HollyRod Foundation, Debbie Allen has a wonderful dance academy for youth, and award winning producer Tracey Edmonds brings us Alright TV which is a groundbreaking YouTube premium channel with faith-friendly content. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are over 300 phenomenal women for you to read about and follow through their social sites.
Who would be interested in coming to this site?
Educators can use this site to reach today’s youth, especially those who don’t have an interest in school. Today’s youth may feel that the people they see daily don’t live exciting lives. The youth of today are very creative. Educators need to tap into that creativity by allowing them to see other creative people who are featured throughout the site.
The youth of today are very familiar with current entertainers; however, a lot of the current entertainers get their inspiration from the entertainers of yesteryear. This is a great site to learn about the challenges many of our phenomenal women and men went through before manifesting their breakthrough. When a child has something to do, someone to love, and can champion a cause that they are passionate about, that child will not have time to form an opinion of hate, bullying, or intolerance of their fellow human beings.
Who’s That Lady Entertainment has a little bit of something for anyone who would love to peek inside the entertainment, sports, and business world. With this site we are not trying to make entertainers think differently about how they should change the world. We are trying to make people think differently about how they can make their world a little brighter. Each one of us has to do our part to solicit a change.
Belinda Trotter-James is the creator and former editor-in-chief for Hype Hair, 2 Hype, and Try It Yourself Hair national magazines. Currently she is the creative director for Who's That Lady Entertainment and the editor-in-chief for Modelocity Online magazine, an author, actress, and producer of modeling competitions for young women.
Watch what students have to say about negative stereotypes: