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"Baad Bitches" and Sassy Supermamas

Black Power Action Films

  • Author: Stephane Dunn
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • ISBN: 9780252091049
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 192
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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.

"Baad Bitches" and Sassy Supermamas

Black Power Action Films

  • Author: Stephane Dunn
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 166
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An incisive analysis of gender and race in classic blaxploitation films

Joss Whedon and Race

Joss Whedon and Race

Critical Essays

  • Author: Mary Ellen Iatropoulos
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 147662657X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 340
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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.

Reading African American Autobiography

Reading African American Autobiography

Twenty-First-Century Contexts and Criticism

  • Author: Eric D. Lamore
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
  • ISBN: 0299309800
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 278
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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.

Fear of a Hip-Hop Planet: America's New Dilemma

Fear of a Hip-Hop Planet: America's New Dilemma

  • Author: D. Marvin Jones
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 0313395780
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 297
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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"

Militant Visions

Militant Visions

Black Soldiers, Internationalism, and the Transformation of American Cinema

  • Author: Elizabeth Reich
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 0813572592
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 286
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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.

Film Dialogue

Film Dialogue

  • Author: Jeff Jaeckle
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231850425
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 288
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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.

The Journal of African American History

The Journal of African American History

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: African Americans
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African American Women and Sexuality in the Cinema

African American Women and Sexuality in the Cinema

  • Author: Norma Manatu
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 9780786451449
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 245
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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.