Kimberly Fain

Black Hollywood

From Butlers to Superheroes, the Changing Role of African American Men in the Movies

Praeger 2015

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While black men have been portrayed in film for over a hundred years, they have often been stereotyped or portrayed very badly. In her...

While black men have been portrayed in film for over a hundred years, they have often been stereotyped or portrayed very badly. In her book Black Hollywood: From Butlers to Superheroes, the Changing Role of African American Men in the Movies (Praeger, 2015), Kimberly Fain reviews the changing aspect of these roles and the African American actors who played them. Going decade by decade, she chooses specific films that do a particularly good job of showing these shifts. She also talks about how African American men began to use their popularity in other entertainment fields to give them power in the film industry.

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