Blackface: Reflections on African-Americans and the Movies

Front Cover
Cooper Square Press, 2002 - Performing Arts - 238 pages
1 Review
In a year that has seen African-American actors receive more top honors than ever, Blackface revisits the efforts of black filmmakers and the portrayal of African-Americans in cinema. As a film critic for the Village Voice, Nelson George has analyzed films and reported on the careers of black directors and actors; as the screenplay writer for Strictly Business and the co-author and executive producer for CB4, George experienced Hollywood from the inside, meeting with studio execs and creating movies that didn't turn out as he hoped. George shares a candid and personal perspective on 30 years of African-American cinema in Blackface both the films he saw and the films he made. Blackface includes essays on 2002's honorary Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier, the Black Filmmaker Foundation, Spike Lee, and George's CB4 partner Chris Rock. George also discusses the impact of African-American independent films since the 60s, the blaxploitation craze, and the influence of white money on black artists. New to this edition are pieces on the Hughes brothers, Richard Pryor, and African-American cinema at the beginning of the 21st century, as well as George's own encounters with Hollywood."

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Blackface: Reflections On African Americans And The Movies

User Review  - Darrell - Goodreads

always enjoy mr george's writing... Read full review

Blackface: reflections on African-Americans and the movies

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Critic George (Buppies, B-Boys, Baps, & Bohos, LJ 1/93) presents a lively history of the African American film scene. [Reviewed on p. 78.] Read full review

Contents

A THEATER IN BROWNSVILLE 9 ACTING COOL 131
19
THE WHITE PLAGUE
26
ROOKIE CRITIC 331
33
Copyright

13 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

Nelson George is the pre-eminent African-American pop journalist of his generation. He has written for the New York Times, the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and Billboard, and is the author of several books, including Hip Hop America, and screenplays. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bibliographic information