Apr 21

So much talk about African Americans in film. I find it funny because on my Friday class is devoted towards African Americans in TV and film. I found the comparison in FTC of The Birth of a Nation to The Color Purple very interesting, and the long article about racism and antisemitism in film very interesting as well. Bell Hooks article on the female gaze was hard for me to follow, and I had read Dryers article a number of times before. I have sort of a little background in African American cinema, I have seen both Within Our Gates and BOAN more then once, I have seen a bunch of Spike Lee, and I have an understanding of the the 70s and 80s exploitation films. I find these films most interesting; There is a fine between art and commerce, and I can totally see why Hollywood would pounce on an open market of African American viewers with their shitty films. On the other hand there is the delicate issue of race that effects the community that Hollywood doesn’t seem to mind, making African Americans look like pimps and drug dealers. I liked the article about racism and antisemitism, and he uses this quote where he says the Jewish people sort of have to fight their stereotypes, and the same idea could be applied to the African America community. Despite the number of exploitation films there were still a number of good films such as Imitation of Life. Today there are still some movies that I would consider exploitation films, such as Soul Plane, and I think that the rap culture aids it, but there are definitely people who set a different example, such as Tyler Perry, Denzel Washington, and Spike Lee.

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