By Kristal Brent Zook
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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