Black and White Media

Black and White Media : Black Images in Popular Film and Television

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This book offers a wide-ranging and accessible account of the complex relations between black communities and popular media like film and television. These relations have often been discussed in terms of stereotype and misrepresentation. However Ross argues that, while it is still true that many black characters in film and TV are drawn from a narrow repertoire of images, the success of some independent black film makers has meant that mainstream audiences are now exposed to a more diverse range of black-originated work. It is no longer satisfactory to read black media subjects as the product of the white imagination: one must also consider the contribution that black media professionals have made, and continue to make, to a dynamic black media culture. Organized as a textbook, Black and White Media provides an historically informed and up-to-date analysis of the ways in which black communities have been portrayed in film and television, from early Hollywood films like Uncle Tom's Cabin to the recent work of black film makers like Spike Lee.
Ross examines popular TV programming, including series like The Cosby Show, and discusses the role of minority broadcasting and multicultural programmes. Throughout the text, examples are drawn from both American and British film and television production.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 488g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0745611265
  • 9780745611266

Table of contents

Author's Note. Part I: Film: 1. Down and Out in Beverley Hills: Black Portraits and the White Imagination. 2. Black Fights Back Part I: Black Filmmakers and Strategies of Opposition in Britain. 3. Black Fights Back Part II: Black Filmmaking and Strategies of Opposition in America. Part II: Television: 4. Small but Imperfectly Formed: Small Screen Portraits of Otherness. 5. Minority Interests: British Television and the Multicultural Agenda. Part III: Film and Television: 6. Reading Black Media. 7. Twenty-First Century Blues. Bibliography. General Index. Index of Films. Index of TV Programmes.
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Review quote

"A strong first chapter, drawing on analyses of cultural hybridity by Stuart Hall and Paul Gilroy, paves the way for a delicately nuanced tight-rope walk through the history of assimilation, resistance, 'blackness', 'ethnic nationalism', bringing us to today's 'new transgressive modes of being' ... An important and enjoyable book." New Times "Karen Ross has written a most valuable and acutely observed book which should be required reading in all media institutions." Louis Danner-Mahoney, Vice-President, Equity, and Chair, Afro-Asian Committee
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About Karen Ross

Karen Ross is a Research Officer at the Centre for Mass Communication Research at the University of Leicester.
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