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Contemporary African American Cinema

Book - 2006
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ABC-CLIO
Examines how African American directors have depicted racial issues since the mid-90s, revealing the ways in which they both consciously avoid and sometimes utilize racial stereotypes.
The triple crown of Oscars awarded to Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, and Sidney Poitier on a single evening in 2002 seemed to mark a turning point for African Americans in cinema. Certainly it was hyped as such by the media, eager to overlook the nuances of this sudden embrace. In this new study, author David Leonard uses this event as a jumping-off point from which to discuss the current state of African-American cinema and the various genres that currently compose it. Looking at such recent films as Love and Basketball, Antwone Fisher, Training Day, and the two Barbershop films--all of which were directed by black artists, and most of which starred and were written by blacks as well--Leonard examines the issues of representation and opportunity in contemporary cinema.

Greenwood Pub Group
The triple crown of Oscars awarded to Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, and Sidney Poitier on a single evening in 2002 seemed to mark a turning point for African Americans in cinema. Certainly it was hyped as such by the media, eager to overlook the nuances of this sudden embrace. In this new study, author David Leonard uses this event as a jumping-off point from which to discuss the current state of African-American cinema and the various genres that currently compose it. Looking at such recent films as Soul Food, Antwone Fisher, Training Day, and the two Barbershop films-all of which were directed by black artists, and most of which starred and were written by blacks as well-author David Leonard examines the issues of representation and opportunity in contemporary cinema.

Book News
In this study, Leonard examines a sampling of recent African American films in order to assess the extent to which they reflect racial progress or help perpetuate racial inequality and white privilege. Most of the films analyzed were written, directed, and starred by black artists. These include (for example) Antwone Fisher, Prison Song, Drumline, Barbershop, and Bamboozled. Leonard teaches comparative ethnic studies at Washington State U. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006
ISBN: 9780275983611
0275983617
Branch Call Number: 791.43652 LEO
Characteristics: x, 217 p. ; 25 cm

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