During the White Hollywood Cinema era, the Black African-American actors played the role of black stereotypes, and they also performed small parts in those films. D.W Griffith produced a racist film that had black stereotypes in it; the name of the film is Birth of a Nation. However, Oscar Micheaux made a film that responded back to D.W Griffith movie, which was Within Our Gates. He paved the way for other black African-Americans, which empowered them to speak out through their own films and movies. There are two men, influenced by Oscar Micheaux and they are Spike Lee and Charles Burnett.
Film makers continue to misrepresent African-Americans in movies depicting them as characters, such as the brash women, domestic workers, thugs, and the “magical negro”. The brash African American women is depicted as being rude and having an attitude towards people in her immediate surrounding. The brash women in depicted as being loud mouth and not caring for what other people might think of her. These images are bad since people who do not live in close to the African-American community could stereotype and assume that all African American women act with a brash personality. Surprisingly, many of the films that includes the brash stereotype is found in African American film maker Tyler Perry.
Society likes to paint a picture of what ethnicity belongs in what type of job or career. In movies, TV shows, or even in advertisements we see certain races portray certain roles. Hispanics usually are seen is housekeeping or hard labor roles, whites usually are portrayed in professional careers like doctors, lawyers or business men. While African Americans are usually view as athletes, whether they are in high school, college or the professional level they are seen playing sports. In an essay written by Henry Louis Gates Jr. called “Delusions of Grandeur” he makes a lot of great points regarding African Americans and how they are viewed in the professional aspect lifestyle.
To grasp an understanding of the Southern States of America, that is something that Edward L. Ayers argues is hard to achieve :“when they speak of 'Southern culture ' they are creating a fiction, a fiction of a geographically bounded and coherent set of attributes to be set off against a mythical non-South. ”1 However, this does not mean that writers of the South can give us a greater understanding of the South. Ayers says that “As The South 's defenders claim, it is not easily understood by outsiders; as its critics claim, it is apparently not understood much better by its resident defenders. ”2
Zora Hurston uses vivid imagery, natural diction, and several literary tools in her essay “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”. Hurston’s use of imagery, diction, and literary tools in “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” contributes to, and also compliments, the essay’s theme which is her view on life as a “colored” person. Throughout “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” Hurston carefully incorporates aspects of her African American culture in an effort to recapture her ancestral past. Hurston’s use of imagery, diction, and use of literary tools shape her essay into a piece of Harlem Renaissance work. Imagery in “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” is quite abundant.
Colors represent a multitude of aspects in the life of any human being on Earth. Colors show the feelings, issues, turmoil, and jovial positions a human being goes through each day of their life. In the novel, The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton utilizes coloration to accentuate certain facets of her novel. The main protagonist, Ponyboy, progresses through a great deal of sentiments in his “greaser” life and faces quite a few of life altering events, all affecting his mental, emotional, and physical state. Throughout the story, S. E. Hinton portrays the changes and feelings Ponyboy endures through the colors, and shades, of red, gold/yellow, and blue.
Amid the provincial period, Western movie producers solely spoke about Africa and depicted the landmass as a fascinating area without history or culture notwithstanding that African cinema is comprehensive when it totalizes the African culture by standing for various continental African identities. The film industries in Africa try to present themselves by displaying realities on the screen, but by the influence of the Western world, there seem to be different views on how films educate the audience. Realism paints things in a monolithic way; sometimes, what you see in cinema is not the truth. FESPACO, the largest running African film festival in the world creates the sensation that African Cinema is not simply an imagined body of films, but
TV And Racism TV and movies plays a major part in the way people see the world. Different types of films and shows influence everyone around them. The movie The Birth of a Nation, brought light to some of history’s biggest events, such as the John F Kennedy assassination. It also showed the KKK’s point of view of the events of the past, which started riots in America by blacks. This is an example of misrepresentation of people, which may not have happened if they got input from other races.
The Color Code The color code is a system that assigns people a category based on their personality traits. The color code is important for many reasons in everyday life, but the key is, you must know your color in order to benefit from it. There are four main colors in the color code, red, blue, yellow, and white. Each color has unique motivations as well as strengths and weaknesses.
In the TED Talk, “Color Blind or Color Brave?” by Mellody Hobson, she describes color blindness as a learned behavior where people pretend that they do not notice race. In her opinions, the practice of color blindness is wrong because people are ignoring the problem and it does not mean fairness. In fact, color blindness makes the issue even worse. As she mentions, “the first step to solving any problem is to not hide from it, and the first step to any form of action is awareness.”
Diversity in Hollywood includes more than race and more than acting. There is little diversity not only in front of the camera but behind the scenes too. Likely hood of seeing a nonwhite cast or set of directors is low since the industry is own by Caucasians. Hollywood cast their movies base on their liking. Which they would cast an all Caucasian cast instead of being diverse.
Racial Equality: A Raisin in the Sun In the 1950’s racial discrimination was a huge factor in the lives of African Americans. Lorraine Hansberry’s book, “A Raisin in the Sun,” helps people imagine the struggles that a standard African American family would have to endure. In the novel, the Younger family has poor housing conditions, badly paying jobs, and have given up hope of ever escaping their circumstances.