Misrepresent African-Americans In Film

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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. This includes the movies Big Mammas House and…show more content…
Then suddenly Doughboy got of the car and with his hand gun continued to shot the three gangsters on the floor already until they died. Moreover, the movie trophe and stereotype that has negatively portrayed African-Americans is the “magical negro”. Since the beginning of the film industry, African-Americans have been victims of racist stereotypes as seen in minstrel shows. An old negative character for the African-American made its way to the cinemas, through a new phenomenon known as the “magical negro”. Today, the “magical negro” is still being used by American film…show more content…
“He’s not imaginary. He’s a “Magical Negro”: a saintly African-American character who acts as a mentor to a questing white hero…who often seems to have an uncanny ability to say and do exactly what needs to be said or done in order to keep the story chugging along in the hero’s favor.” The “magical negro”, is depicted as an African-American who will do anything to help the Caucasian hero. In the movie, Rocky 3, Apollo Creed is considered the “magical negro”. To help Rocky prepare for his second fight with the antagonist, Clubber Clang, Apollo Creed not only becomes Rocky’s trainer, but his mentor giving Rocky his expertise in a more flashy and mobile style of boxing. For the training, Apollo took Rocky to the west coast, where they trained in Los Angeles in a predominately African-American gym. Further, in some movies, the “magical negro” is depicted as being uneducated and willing to give up his life for the Caucasian hero. For example, in the movie The Green Mile, John Coffey, played by Michael Clarke Duncan, is an inmate with supernatural powers to heal, who was mistakenly accused for the murder of two

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