Black and White Media

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

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This is a wide-ranging account of the complex relations between Black communities and popular media, analysing the ways in which Black communities have been portrayed in film and television and considering the contribution made by Black media professionals.
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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 18mm | 421.85g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745611273
  • 9780745611273
  • 1,872,279

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This book offers a wide-ranging and accessible account of thecomplex relations between black communities and popular media likefilm and television. These relations have often been discussed interms of stereotype and misrepresentation. However Ross arguesthat, while it is still true that many black characters in film andTV are drawn from a narrow repertoire of images, the success ofsome independent black film makers has meant that mainstreamaudiences are now exposed to a more diverse range ofblack-originated work. It is no longer satisfactory to read blackmedia subjects as the product of the white imagination: one mustalso consider the contribution that black media professionals havemade, and continue to make, to a dynamic black media culture.

Organized as a textbook, Black and White Media provides anhistorically informed and up-to-date analysis of the ways in whichblack communities have been portrayed in film and television, fromearly Hollywood films like Uncle Tom's Cabin to the recentwork of black film makers like Spike Lee. Ross examines popular TVprogramming, including series like The Cosby Show, anddiscusses the role of minority broadcasting and multiculturalprogrammes. Throughout the text, examples are drawn from bothAmerican and British film and television production.
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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.
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, a blacknessa , a ethnic nationalisma , bringing us to todaya s a new transgressive modes of beinga ... 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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