It is necessary to realize that the voices of black feminism in the U.S. emerge today from a long tradition of the structural "silence" of women of color within the sphere of the production of knowledge worldwide. Rarely addressed by mainstream or radical feminism or by anyone, this "silence" has doomed to failure most efforts to change the black woman's status and/or condition within society. There is presently a further danger that in the proliferation of black female images on TV, in music videos and, to a lesser extent, in film, we are witnessing merely a postmodern variation on this phenomenon of black female "silence."