Baad Bitches And Sassy Supermamas

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Baad Bitches And Sassy Supermamas

Author : Stephane Dunn
ISBN : 0252091043
Genre : Performing Arts
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This lively study unpacks the intersecting racial, sexual, and gender politics underlying the representations of racialized bodies, masculinities, and femininities in early 1970s black action films, with particular focus on the representation of black femininity. Stephane Dunn explores the typical, sexualized, subordinate positioning of women in low-budget blaxploitation action narratives as well as more seriously radical films like Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and The Spook Who Sat by the Door, in which black women are typically portrayed as trifling "bitches" compared to the supermacho black male heroes. The terms "baad bitches" and "sassy supermamas" signal the reversal of this positioning with the emergence of supermama heroines in the few black action films in the early 1970s that featured self-assured, empowered, and tough (or "baad") black women as protagonists: Cleopatra Jones, Coffy, and Foxy Brown. Dunn offers close examination of a distinct moment in the history of African American representation in popular cinema, tracing its emergence out of a radical political era, influenced especially by the Black Power movement and feminism. "Baad Bitches" and Sassy Supermamas also engages blaxploitation's impact and lingering aura in contemporary hip-hop culture as suggested by its disturbing gender politics and the "baad bitch daughters" of Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones, rappers Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown.
Category: Performing Arts

Joss Whedon And Race

Author : Mary Ellen Iatropoulos
ISBN : 9781476626574
Genre : Social Science
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Joss Whedon is known for exploring philosophical questions through socially progressive narratives in his films, television shows and comics. His work critiques racial stereotypes, sometimes repudiating them, sometimes reinvesting in them (sometimes both at once). This collection of new essays explores his representations of racial power dynamics between individuals and institutions and how the Whedonverse constructs race, ethnicity and nationality relationships.
Category: Social Science

Reading African American Autobiography

Author : Eric D. Lamore
ISBN : 9780299309800
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From the 1760s to Barack Obama, this collection offers fresh looks at classic African American life narratives; highlights neglected African American lives, texts, and genres; and discusses the diverse outpouring of twenty-first-century memoirs.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Fear Of A Hip Hop Planet America S New Dilemma

Author : D. Marvin Jones
ISBN : 9780313395789
Genre : Social Science
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Is Gangsta Rap just black noise? Or does it play the same role for urban youth that CNN plays in mainstream America? This provocative set of essays tells us how Gangsta Rap is a creative "report" about an urban crisis, our new American dilemma, and why we need to listen. • A chronological account of development of rap music going back to the era of slavery • Drawings and editorial cartoons • A multicultural bibliography containing sociological, historical, and legal materials • A glossary of many key terms such as "structural racism" and "governmentalism"
Category: Social Science

Militant Visions

Author : Elizabeth Reich
ISBN : 9780813572598
Genre : Performing Arts
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Militant Visions examines how, from the 1940s to the 1970s, the cinematic figure of the black soldier helped change the ways American moviegoers saw black men, for the first time presenting African Americans as vital and integrated members of the nation. In the process, Elizabeth Reich reveals how the image of the proud and powerful African American serviceman was crafted by an unexpected alliance of government propagandists, civil rights activists, and black filmmakers. Contextualizing the figure in a genealogy of black radicalism and internationalism, Reich shows the evolving images of black soldiers to be inherently transnational ones, shaped by the displacements of diaspora, Third World revolutionary philosophy, and a legacy of black artistry and performance. Offering a nuanced reading of a figure that was simultaneously conservative and radical, Reich considers how the cinematic black soldier lent a human face to ongoing debates about racial integration, black internationalism, and American militarism. Militant Visions thus not only presents a new history of how American cinema represented race, but also demonstrates how film images helped to make history, shaping the progress of the civil rights movement itself.
Category: Performing Arts

Film Dialogue

Author : Jeff Jaeckle
ISBN : 9780231850421
Genre : Performing Arts
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Film Dialogue is the first anthology in film studies devoted to the topic of language in cinema, bringing together leading and emerging scholars to discuss the aesthetic, narrative, and ideological dimensions of film speech that have largely gone unappreciated and unheard. Consisting of thirteen essays divided into three sections: genre, auteur theory, and cultural representation, Film Dialogue revisits and reconfigures several of the most established topics in film studies in an effort to persuade readers that "spectators" are more accurately described as "audiences," that the gaze has its equal in eavesdropping, and that images are best understood and appreciated through their interactions with words. Including an introduction that outlines a methodology of film dialogue study and adopting an accessible prose style throughout, Film Dialogue is a welcome addition to ongoing debates about the place, value, and purpose of language in cinema.
Category: Performing Arts

Encyclopedia Of Sex And Gender A C

Author : Fedwa Malti-Douglas
ISBN : 0028659619
Genre : Electronic books
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Addresses issues of sex and gender at the personal and the social level; examines issues of identity, status, class, ethnicity, race, and nation; of sexuality and the body; of social institutions and the structures of representation. Topics include changing conceptions of "the feminine," the family and masculinity, religion, morality, cultural images, medical practice, public health, economy and society and many more.
Category: Electronic books

African American Women And Sexuality In The Cinema

Author : Norma Manatu
ISBN : 0786451440
Genre : Performing Arts
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The representation of African American women is an important issue in the overall study of how women are portrayed in film, and has received serious attention in recent years. Traditionally, “women of color,” particularly African American women, have been at the margins of studies of women’s on-screen depictions—or excluded altogether. This work focuses exclusively on the sexual objectification of African American women in film from the 1980s to the early 2000s. Critics of the negative sexual imagery have long speculated that control by African American filmmakers would change how African American women are depicted. This work examines sixteen films made by males both white and black to see how the imagery might change with the race of the filmmaker. Four dimensions are given special attention: the diversity of the women’s roles and relationships with men, the sexual attitudes of the African American female characters, their attitudes towards men, and their nonverbal and verbal sexual behaviors. This work also examines the role culture has played in perpetuating the images, how film influences viewers’ perception of African American women and their sexuality, and how the imagery polarizes women by functioning as a regulator of their sexual behaviors based on cultural definitions of the feminine.
Category: Performing Arts

Bibliographic Index

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105211722868
Genre : Bibliographical literature
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Category: Bibliographical literature

African American Actresses

Author : Charlene B. Regester
ISBN : UOM:39076002859523
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Nine actresses from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952) are profiled in African American Actresses. Charlene Regester poses questions about prevailing racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, black stardom and white stardom, revealing how these women fought for their roles and what they compromised (or didn't compromise) in filling them. Regester repositions these actresses to highlight their contributions to cinema in the first half of the 20th century, taking an informed theoretical, historical, and critical approach to the topic.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Black Film As A Signifying Practice

Author : Gladstone Lloyd Yearwood
ISBN : UOM:39015066083778
Genre : Performing Arts
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The book examines the way black filmmakers use expressive forms and systems of signification that reflect the cultural and historical priorities of the black experience. It delineates how the African-American expressive tradition utilizes its own vernacular space and time of story telling in the cinema and how black film narration draws on the formal structures of black experience to organize story material."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Performing Arts

Extending The Diaspora

Author : Dawne Y. Curry
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124182598
Genre : History
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Fresh perspectives on the black diaspora's global histories
Category: History

The Coldest Winter Ever

Author : Sister Souljah
ISBN : 9780743499385
Genre : Fiction
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Winter Santiaga, the daughter of one of Brooklyn's most powerful drug czars, uses her own weapons--including sex and an aggressive attitude--to stay on top, after her father's empire is threatened by a drug war, in a special gift edition of the author's debut novel. 25,000 first printing.
Category: Fiction