African American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor

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Taylor & Francis, 1998 - Performing Arts - 349 pages
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Providing new insight into key debates over race and representation in the media, this ethnographic study explores the ways in which African Americans have been depicted in Black situation comedies-from 1950's Beulah to contemporary series like Martin and Living Single.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Introduction to Part One
29
Blackface
39
Blackface+Blackvoice
53
Blackface+BlackvoiceBlack Situation
61
Introduction to Part Two
151
Black Sitcom Portrayals The Good The Bad
163
The Cosby Show
199
The Messages The Impacts
223
Remedies Where Do We Go From Here?
239
Conclusion
255
Appendix
279
Notes
311
Bibliography
319
Index
339
Copyright

Black Like Me? Identity and Selfimage
211

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About the author (1998)

Robin R. Means Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Media Ecology in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University.

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