Channeling Blackness: Studies on Television and Race in America

Paperback | February 8, 2005

EditorDarnell M. Hunt

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Blackness has always played a central role in the American imagination. Therefore, it should not be surprising that popular television--a medium that grew up with the Civil Rights Movement--has featured blackness as both a foil and a key narrative theme throughout its sixty-year existence.Ironically, in modern "colorblind" times, we are faced with a unique turn of events--blackness is actually overrepresented in television sitcoms and dramas. Channeling Blackness: Studies on Television and Race in America presents fifteen classic and contemporary studies of the shifting, complex relationship between popular television and blackness. Using a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches, these essays examine four key issues thathave framed popular and scholarly inquiries into the nature of race on television: * The black-white binary * The power of media * Distinguishing between "negative" and "positive" images * The relative importance of markets versus racial motives in television Firmly establishing popular television as a central cultural forum in our society, Channeling Blackness looks at how television has profoundly shaped and been shaped by America's ambivalent relationship with blackness. It provides numerous examples of how our current interaction with televisiondistinguishes the lived experiences of today from those of the past. The book also shows how the entertainment function of television often masks its ideological purpose, particularly its role in reflecting and reproducing America's racial order. A useful supplement in any number of courses on raceand society, Channeling Blackness is an ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on race and media, media and society, television studies, television criticism, communication studies, and African American and ethnic studies.

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Blackness has always played a central role in the American imagination. Therefore, it should not be surprising that popular television--a medium that grew up with the Civil Rights Movement--has featured blackness as both a foil and a key narrative theme throughout its sixty-year existence.Ironically, in modern "colorblind" times, we ar...

Darnell M. Hunt is at University of California at Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:February 8, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Darnell M. Hunt: Making Sense of Blackness on Television2. Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders: The News Media and the Disorders3. Stuart Hall: Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse4. Molefi Kete Asante: Television and Black Consciousness5. Paula Matabane: Television and the Black Audience: Cultivating Moderate Perspectives on Racial Integration6. Sut Jhally and Justin Lewis: White Responses: The Emergence of "Enlightened" Racism7. John Fiske: Hearing Anita Hill (and Viewing Bill Cosby)8. Christopher P. Campbell: A Myth of Assimilation: "Enlightened" Racism and the News9. Herman Gray: The Politics of Representation in Network Television10. Kristal Brent Zook: Ralph Farquhar's South Central and Pearl's Place to Play: Why They Failed Before Moesha Hit11. C. Richard King and Charles Fruehling Springwood: Body and Soul: Physicality, Disciplinarity, and the Overdetermination of Blackness12. Rana A. Emerson: "Where My Girls At?" Negotiating Black Womanhood in Music Videos13. Eric King Watts and Mark P. Orbe: The Spectacular Consumption of "True" African American Culture: "Whassup with the Budweiser Guys?"14. Sasha Torres: In a Crisis We Must Have a Sense of Drama: Civil Rights and Televisual Information15. Darnell M. Hunt: Black Content, White ControlBibliographyIndex