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Color by Fox: The Fox Network and the Revolution in Black by Kristal Brent Zook

By Kristal Brent Zook

Following the overpowering good fortune of "The Cosby express" within the Nineteen Eighties, an remarkable shift came about in tv heritage: white executives became to black money as a fashion of salvaging community gains misplaced within the battle opposed to video cassettes and cable T.V. not just have been African-American audience observing disproportionately extra community tv than the final inhabitants yet, as Nielsen eventually discovered, they hottest black indicates. for that reason, African-American manufacturers, writers, administrators, and stars got an strange measure of artistic keep an eye on over exhibits similar to "The clean Prince of Bel Air," "Roc," "Living Single," and "New York Undercover". What emerged have been radical representations of African-American reminiscence and experience.

providing a desirable exam of the explosion of black tv programming within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, this booklet offers, for the 1st time ever, an interpretation of black television dependent in either journalism and important concept. finding a power black nationalist desire--a longing for domestic and community--in the exhibits produced by way of and for African-Americans during this interval, Kristal Brent Zook indicates how the Fox hip-hop sitcom either bolstered and rebelled opposed to previous black sitcoms from the sixties and seventies. Incorporating interviews with such fashionable executives, manufacturers, and stars as Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sinbad, Quincy Jones, Robert Townsend, Charles Dutton, Yvette Lee Bowser, and Ralph Farquhar, this research appears to be like at either construction and reception between African-American audience, supplying nuanced readings of the indicates themselves in addition to the sociopolitical contexts during which they emerged.

whereas black television in this interval could appear trivial or buffoonish to a few, Color by way of Fox unearths its deep-rooted ties to African-American protest literature and autobiography, and a hope for social transformation.

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