African Americans on Television: Race-ing for Ratings

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David J. Leonard, Lisa Guerrero
ABC-CLIO, 23 avr. 2013 - 455 pages

A comprehensive look at the history of African Americans on television that discusses major trends in black TV and examines the broader social implications of the relationship between race and popular culture as well as race and representation.

Previous treatments of the history of African Americans in television have largely lacked theoretical analysis of the relationship between representations and social contexts. African Americans on Television: Race-ing for Ratings fills the existing void by supplying fundamental history with critical analyses of the racial politics of television, documenting the considerable effect that television has had on popular notions of black identity in America since the inception of television.

Covering a spectrum of genres—comedy, drama, talk shows, television movies, variety shows, and reality television, including shows such as Good Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Chappelle's Show—this insightful work traces a cultural genealogy of African Americans in television. Its chronological analysis provides an engaging historical account of how African Americans entered the genre of television and have continued to play a central role in the development of both the medium and the industry. The book also tracks the shift in the significance of African Americans in the television market and industry, and the changing, but enduring, face of stereotypes and racism in American television culture.

 

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Table des matières

Our Regularly Scheduled Program
1
Black Power and Mainstream Narratives
16
2 An Interview with John Amos
34
Making Whiteness and Blackness in All in the Family and The Jeffersons
45
4 Whats Your Name? Roots Race and Popular Memory in PostCivil Rights America
69
On Our Gang Diff rent Strokes and Webster
82
The Cosby Show and the National Imagination
114
A Different World in a PostCosby Landscape
141
15 Tyler Perry Takes Over TV
282
Food Network
299
The Struggle of Representation and Black Entertainment Television
314
18 White Authorship and the Counterfeit Politics of Verisimilitude on The Wire
324
Urban Life and Media in Season Five of The Wire
342
True Bloods Lafayette and the Deconstruction of Normal
358
21 Can the Black Woman Shout? A Meditation on Real and Utopian Depictions of African American Women on Scripted Television
373
22 Scandal and Black Women in Television
390

Family Matters and The Fresh Prince of BelAir
159
Representing the Modern Black Woman in Living Single
177
The Bernie Mac Show My Wife and Kids and Everybody Hates Chris
191
Sesame Street ANT Farm and The LeBrons
207
The Serious Business of Humor in In Living Color Chappelles Show and The Boondocks
229
Commercials + HipHop Athletes Hocking Products
251
Oprah Winfrey in Relation to Self and as a Cultural Icon
263
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and New Medias Potential for SelfDefinition
402
Barack Obama Sport and the Mediated Politics of Identity
414
New Normal in American Television? Race Gender Blackness and the New Racism
434
About the Editors and Contributors
443
Index
449
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À propos de l'auteur (2013)

David J. Leonard, PhD, is associate professor and chair in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University.

Lisa A. Guerrero, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University.

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