Historical Dictionary Of African-american Television

Hardcover | November 15, 2005

byKathleen Fearn-banks

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From Amos 'n' Andy to The Jeffersons to Family Matters to Chappelle's Show, this volume covers it all with entries on all different genres-animation, documentaries, sitcoms, sports, talk shows, and variety shows-and performers such as Muhammad Ali, Louis Armstrong, Bill Cosby, and Oprah Winfrey. Additionally, information can be found on general issues, ranging from African American audiences and stereotypes through the related networks and organizations. This book has hundreds of cross-referenced entries, from A to Z, in the dictionary and a list of acronyms with their corresponding definitions. The extensive chronology shows who did what and when and the introduction traces the often difficult circumstances African American performers faced compared to the more satisfactory present situation. Finally, the bibliography is useful to those readers who want to know more about specific topics or persons.

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From Amos 'n' Andy to The Jeffersons to Family Matters to Chappelle's Show, this volume covers it all with entries on all different genres-animation, documentaries, sitcoms, sports, talk shows, and variety shows-and performers such as Muhammad Ali, Louis Armstrong, Bill Cosby, and Oprah Winfrey. Additionally, information can be found o...

Kathleen Fearn-Banks, a tenured associate professor, joined the faculty of the School of Communications, University of Washington at Seattle in 1990 after more than twenty five years in the communications profession. In addition to being a feature writer at the Los Angeles Time and a news-writer, a producer, and a reporter for a Los An...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:584 pages, 8.68 × 6.98 × 1.43 inPublished:November 15, 2005Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 5 Chronology Part 6 Introduction Part 7 THE DICTIONARY Part 8 Appendixes Chapter 9 A. Series Rankings and Ratings Chapter 10 B. Emmy Award Winners Part 11 Bibliography Part 12 About the Author

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This encyclopedic treatment includes thousands of facts and analyses on "events" that flowed past our eyes on television in the past 50 years. Here's where to find information on, for example, the number of Hooks family members who have appeared on television, interracial romances and marriages in the 1990s, television specials made by Diana Ross, and reality shows and African-Americans. Fearn-Banks (communications, U. of Washington) provides a valuable service with her comprehensive entries on people, shows, and issues across the era of TV, which has not-so-coincidentally spanned a good portion of the era of the fight for civil rights as well.