Double Negative: The Black Image And Popular Culture

August 10, 2018|
Double Negative: The Black Image And Popular Culture by Racquel J. Gates
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From the antics of Flavor Flav on Flavor of Love to the brazen behavior of the women on Love & Hip Hop, so-called negativeimages of African Americans are a recurrent mainstay of contemporary American media representations. In Double Negative Racquel J. Gates examines the generative potential of such images, showing how some of the most disreputable representations of black people in popular media can strategically pose questions about blackness, black culture, and American society in ways that more respectable ones cannot. Rather than falling back on claims that negative portrayals hinder black progress, Gates demonstrates how reality shows such as Basketball Wives, comedians like Katt Williams, and movies like Coming to America play on "negative" images to take up questions of assimilation and upward mobility, provide a respite from the demands of respectability, and explore subversive ideas. By using negativity as a framework to illustrate these texts social and political work as they reverberate across black culture, Gates opens up new lines of inquiry for black cultural studies.
Acknowledgments ix Introduction. Negativity and the Black Popular Image 1 1. Eddie Murphy, Coming to America, and Formal Negativity 35 2. Relational Negativity: The Sellout Films of the 1990s 81 3. The Circumstantial Negativity of Halle Berry 114 4. Embracing the Ratchet: Reality Television and Strategic Negativity 142 Conclusion. Empi...
Title:Double Negative: The Black Image And Popular CultureFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:248 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:248 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inPublished:August 10, 2018Publisher:Duke University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1478000546

ISBN - 13:9781478000549

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