Mediated Racialism: African Americans and the Media

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(4), 293-295. The reviewer states that this book (see record 1996-97535-000) has four parts-film, print media, television and cable, and radio and music. All but three of the 16 chapters have been published here for the first time. Each chapter provides examples of racialism and the media by addressing such contemporary issues as the films of Spike Lee; Hollywood's “New Ghetto Aesthetic” newspaper coverage of the Los Angeles racial disturbances and of Senator Carol Moseley-Braun's Illinois campaign; interracial couple intimacy on TV soap operas; African American community radio; and rap music, Black men, and the police. A strength of this book is its exclusive focus on African Americans. Although the issues explored in this volume are of import to media teachers, media scholars, media critics, media practitioners, and media consumers, some of the chapters' treatment of these issues would have benefitted from a more critical interrogation of the texts, discourses, and agents under examination. In conclusion, this book's primary utility would be as a supplementary reader in a course on African Americans and the media. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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