Black Hollywood : from butlers to superheroes, the changing role of African American men in the movies / Kimberly Fain
- Fain, Kimberly, 1974-
- Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Llc, 
- Physical Description:
- xxi, 251 pages ; 25 cm
- Introduction: appropriation, exploitation, and agency of black performers in Hollywood -- Black images from Jim Crow era to the McCarthy era of blacklisting. 1910s: whites in blackface and the sexually depraved black Mandingo-The birth of a nation -- 1920s: Oscar Micheaux's response to blackface and D.W. Griffith -- 1930s: the Hays Moral Code and Jim Crow-The emperor Jones and Gone with the wind -- 1940s: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Lincoln "Stepin Fetchit" Perry: black servants in musicals and comedies -- 1950s: McCarthyism and blacklisting: Canada Lee and Paul Robeson -- Black images from the apex of the civil rights era to the age of Barack Obama -- 1960s: token black actors in the civil rights age: Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte -- 1970s: blaxploitation: preachers, pimps, pushers, and players -- 1980s: black comedians rule: in the age of Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor -- 1990s: gangsta rappers transcend music: Ice Cube, Ice-T, DMX, Nas, and 2pac -- 2000s: black icons: control, agency, and self-appropriation: Spike Lee, Tyler Perry and Will Smith -- 2010s: black power Hollywood: In the age of Obama's hope and change -- Conclusion.
- Fain examines the dehumanizing depictions of black males in the movies since 1910, analyzing images that were once imposed on black men and are now appropriated and manipulated by them. She discusses the social, historical, and literary evolution of African American male roles in the cinema, and analyzes the various black images presented each decade from blackface, Sambo, and Mandingo stereotypes to archetypal figures such as God, superheroes, and the president.
- 9781440831904 (cloth : alk. paper)
1440831904 (cloth : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-238) and index.
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