Historical Dictionary of African-American Television

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Scarecrow Press, Nov 15, 2005 - Performing Arts - 584 pages
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From Amos 'n' Andy to The Jeffersons to Family Matters to Chappelle's Show, this volume covers it all with entries on all different genres_animation, documentaries, sitcoms, sports, talk shows, and variety shows_and performers such as Muhammad Ali, Louis Armstrong, Bill Cosby, and Oprah Winfrey. Additionally, information can be found on general issues, ranging from African American audiences and stereotypes through the related networks and organizations. This book has hundreds of cross-referenced entries, from A to Z, in the dictionary and a list of acronyms with their corresponding definitions. The extensive chronology shows who did what and when and the introduction traces the often difficult circumstances African American performers faced compared to the more satisfactory present situation. Finally, the bibliography is useful to those readers who want to know more about specific topics or persons.

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I would question the validity of this book- In researching " The Jeffersons" the author lists the character of Marla Gibbs the Jeffersons's maid as "Florida" ( actually the name of the mother in Good Times) the maids name was Florence ( who could forget George yelling her name) answer- Avid fans and viewers !!!! 


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Kathleen Fearn-Banks, a tenured associate professor, joined the faculty of the School of Communications, University of Washington at Seattle in 1990 after more than twenty five years in the communications profession. In addition to being a feature writer at the Los Angeles Time and a news-writer, a producer, and a reporter for a Los Angeles network affiliated television station, she also headed, for more than twenty years, nationwide publicity campaigns for NBC Television Network series, specials, and movies.

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