African Americans and the Media

African Americans and the Media

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This book provides readers with an interdisciplinary overview of the past, present, and future of African Americans in U.S. media and the ongoing project of gaining racial equality in media: a process which spans generations.
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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 176 x 243 x 17mm | 580g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745640362
  • 9780745640365

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From pamphlets denouncing slavery to boycotts of Hollywood, AfricanAmericans have fought for adequate representations of themselves inthe mass media industries of the United States. This book providesreaders with an interdisciplinary overview of the past, present, and future of African Americans in U.S. media and the ongoingproject of gaining racial equality in media: a process which spansgenerations. Catherine Squires introduces the reader to the variedways in which Black Americans have navigated cultural, political, and economic obstacles both to make their own media and to critiquemainstream media.

Synthesizing the work of social scientists, historians, culturalcritics, as well as comments from audience members and mediaproducers, African Americans and the Media gives readers alively entry point to classic and contemporary studies of BlackAmericans and mass media. Across the chapters, readers followAfrican Americans' struggles to harness the power of print, broadcasting, film, and digital media, through five main themeswhich are woven through the book: representation, circulation, innovation, audience and responsibility. Taking in examples asdiverse as Blaxploitation films, the work of 20th Century blackactivist journalists such as Ida B. Wells and A. Philip Randolph, and popular television such as The Cosby Show, this bookwill be essential reading for all students and scholars of mediaand communications and African American studies.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements Chronology of Events Introduction - African Americans and the Mass Media Section One: The Black Press 1. The Black Press in the 19th Century: From Slavery to Reconstruction 2. The Great Black Migration and the Growth of the Urban Black Press, 1910-1945 3. The Black Press, the Civil Rights Movement, and Beyond 4. Black Magazines in the 20th Century Section Two: Film 5. Mainstream Cinema and African Americans, 1900-1940s 6. From Servile to "Upstanding": Message films, Sidney Poitier, and Hollywood after WWII 7. Approaching a New Century: From Spike Lee to Direct-to-DVD Section Three: Radio and Recorded Music 8. Records and Race in the Early Years of Radio 9. Radio and Race: From World War II to Rock 'n' Roll 10. Integrating Entertainment and Ownership in Music & Radio Section Four: Television and New Media 11. Black Faces in Small Places: Early television and Black Americans 12. Enter Cosby: A New Era of Black Presence on Television, 1984-1992 13. Black Entertainment Television and the Promise of Cable Diversity 14. African Americans and the New Media Environment: From Mass to Niche Media Endnotes
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"Prof. Squires has accomplished something quite remarkable with African Americans and the Media . This is not simply a 'textbook'. Rather, it is one of the most comprehensive, engaged works of scholarship to chart the relationship African Americans have with media. This book not only covers every medium, from print to internet, but it also examines innovation, audience reception, and even industry responsibility. This is an absolutely essential resource for students and scholars at every level." Robin Coleman, University of Michigan
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About Catherine R. Squires

Catherine Squires, Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity & Equality, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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