Revolution Televised: Prime Time and THe Struggle for Black Power
After a decadelong hiatus, African Americans once again began appearing regularly on television in the 1960s. Bill Cosby costarred on "I Spy, Sammy Davis Jr. briefly hosted a variety show, and in 1968 Diahann Carroll debuted in the title role of "Julia, the first television series to star an African American since the cancellation of "Amos 'n' Andy. Over the next ten years, shows with African American casts became more common; some, like "Sanford and Son and "Good Times, were hits with both black and white audiences. Yet many within the black community criticize these programs as perpetuating demeaning stereotypes and hampering the political progress made by African Americans. In "Revolution Televised, Christine Acham offers a more complex reading of this period in African American television history, finding within these programs opposition to dominant white constructions of African American identity. She explores the intersection of popular television and race as witnessed from the documentary coverage of the civil rights and Black Power movements, the personal politics of Flip Wilson and "Soul Train's Don Cornelius, and the ways in which notorious X-rated comic Redd Foxx reinvented himself for prime time. Reflecting on both the potential of television to effect social change as well as its limitations, Acham concludes with analyses of Richard Pryor's politically charged and short-lived sketch comedy show and of the success of outspoken comic Chris Rock. "Revolution Televised deftly illustrates how black television artists operated within the constraints of the television industry to resist and ultimately shape the mass media's portrayal of African American life.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Television of the Black Revolution
Network News and Black Journal
Soul Train and The Flip Wilson Show
Sanford and Son and African American Humor
Black Women and Power in Julia and Good Times
The Rise and Demise of The Richard Pryor Show
Other editions - View all
African Ameri African American humor African American society ain’t Amos Amos n Andy Angeles artists Bill Cosby black audience black family black humor Black Journal Black Panther black performers black political Black Power Black Power movement black society black television black women characters Chitlin Chris Rock Chris Rock Show Civil Rights club comedians comedy comics Connerly contemporary Cornelius created critical critique deejays Diahann Carroll discussed documentary episode Esther Rolle film Flip Wilson Show Foxx’s Geraldine Ibid impact integration interview issues Julia Lamont magazine mainstream U.S. Michael middle-class Negro network television nigger played police popular culture producers race racial racism Redd Foxx reporter representations resistance Reverend Leroy Richard Pryor Show riots Rock’s role Sanford and Son script segment show’s sitcom skit social Soul Train story tele television’s there’s tion TOBA uplift urban venue Watkins Watts white society