Annotated Bibliography: 'No Getting Around The Black'

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Cunningham, M. D. (2014). No Getting around the Black. Cinema Journal, 53(4), 140-146

This article discusses racism in the United States and its effect on the black media. According to the article, black filmmakers are not comfortable with catering their films to the black community. Cunningham believes that black filmmakers feel as if they have to make their films “universal” while white filmmakers target the black community and make a profit off of it. This article also discusses cultural appropriation and white people who benefit from black culture. In the middle of this article, Cunningham argues that Quentin Tarantino, who is a white filmmaker, used his white privilege to make a profit off of a slave movie. The
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The article states that many researchers have conducted surveys in an attempt to discover the public opinion about black Americans. In the article, the author states that a researcher, who is named Allen, suggested that black-oriented media is a great source of information about the black experience. The article also states that some researchers argue that many black-oriented media images are distasteful and they can have negative effects on black self-concepts. This work gives the readers several reasons why black media images are important. According to the article, it is highly likely that black media images will affect the way black Americans view themselves. The author of the article also states that black media images lead to “self (in-group) referencing” and this causes people to become receptive to self-referencing information given by others because the subjects relate to …show more content…
The author of this article states that there are too many angry black women narratives in the media. This work also explains how lighter skinned black women are portrayed positively in the media while their darker skinned counterparts are represented negatively. The main topics that are discussed in the article is colorblind discourse and racial stereotypes. Additionally, the article states colorblind disclosure causes the viewers to evaluate blacks on television according to the content of their characters on screen. Kretsedemas also discusses the criticism of black shows that try too hard to steer away from the black stereotypes. The author reveals that the most of the black women on black-oriented shows are overshadowed by a male character. In the beginning of this article, the author briefly discusses the bashing of educated, black female characters in the media. According to the article, if a black female is educated, they are accused of trying to act like a white woman. The author of this article connects all these ideas with the black, female character on the television show, Ugly

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