African American Film Essay
41). It sad but the African American race has adopted the issue with dark vs. light skin which spills over in the film and acting industry. ” The schism reaches back to the days of "house" and "field" slaves--when the first African-Americans were segregated even from one another--and persists today in distinctions between light- and dark-skinned blacks.” (Svetkey, B, Watson, M, Wheat, A, pg. 1 2009). It’s safe to say that the distinction between African Americans will continue if demands of equality are not being address to society as a whole not just the film industry.
Stereotypes within the African American film industry are forever living and depicted on film whether it be from African American or other races. The ridiculing of African Americans on film is nothing new to society and it still continues in films to date and limits the type of opportunities extended to African American actors and actresses. Take Tyler Perry’s movies on Madea. Medea who is thought to, “have connections to the old mammy type. She 's mammy-like. If a white director put out this product, the black audience would be appalled.” (Donald Bogle, pg 1). The mammy stereotype has often been used in films since the Civil Right movement and it’s a