Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary Indiana. Michael Jackson was born into a large working class family, Michael’s mother was a homemaker and she was also involved with Jehovah’s witness. But his father was once a guitarist but became a crane operator to provide for his wife and his kids(5). Michael started performing locally when he was just five years old. But in 1968, five of the jackson kids signed with Motown Records as the Jackson Five(4).
In the 19th century, the journey to unity, freedom, and equality for African Americans began with the creation of the black press. Its contribution to the overall advancement of people of color was one of the greatest of all time. Though it possessed a strong impact on the lives of African Americans, the demand for a black press eventually faded, specifically during the pre-civil rights era. The decline in the prevalence of minority based newspapers was the result of various changes in lifestyle; changes that would affect black and white America.
During the 1970s, there was an era that America, there was the black panthers and they were very popular for the African American community. This came after the civil rights movement was coming to an end and changing America. It also changed Hollywood as well with it has more African American directors that gave more African American cast and crew members jobs. This also changed the type of movies that were coming out and it created a new genre of film called Blaxploitation and it showed the world how the black communities were seen. With it being a new type of film it has been just an African American version of every type of earlier cinema film that has been out.
It was not until recently here at TC in this class that I thought about my African heritage, growing up my family identified with only two heritages Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican. One of the big roadblocks I have had when talking about our African background with my family is the discrepancy between how society sees me and my family sees me: society sees me as Black yet my family sees me as Puerto Rican only. It seems that my family is only comfortable recognizing our complex racial composition until you get to Africa then we go no further. Some of the elders in my family have even had hostility in their voice when I have tried to talk about this subject, “We’re Puerto Rican, not some ugly Nego!” or “I’m no dirty Black!”
The client name is Quanetra Taylor. She is a 31 year old African American female who currently resides in Portsmouth, VA. She was born and raised in Suffolk, Virginia which is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Growing up, Quanetra was raised by her Grandparents and was considered to be lower middle class. Quanetra’s basic needs were met and was privileged enough to not have a need for anything.
Americans have acquired inconsistent ideas on development in both actual world and in the movies. There have been several facts in history and in movies that heroes are alive with several upright characters such as self-sacrifice, thoughtful, and sympathetic. First of all, the word Negro mean dark-skinned group of peoples originally native to Africa south of the Sahara. The black were not respected because of their color and were treated differently. The black did not have a voice to say anything when it comes to violence in work or criminal act.
In the first known film of Uncle Tom's Cabin all of the major black roles were whites in blackface. Even the 1914 Uncle Tom starring African-American actor Sam Lucas in the title role had a white male in blackface as Topsy. D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation used whites in blackface to represent all of its major black characters, but reaction against the film's racism largely put an end to this practice in dramatic film roles. Thereafter, whites in blackface would appear almost exclusively in broad comedies or "ventriloquizing" blackness in the context of a vaudeville or minstrel performance within a film. This stands in contrast to made-up whites routinely playing Native Americans, Asians, Arabs, and so forth, for several more
During its first decade, the television industry gets around the truth to two-face the representation of African Americans. After, outstandingly touched by the civil rights movement of the 1960s, television slowly evolved toward a fairer treatment of blacks. Television was not without its major failings. Back then there where little African Americans appeared on television, yet never was their picture more stereotyped. “The series was a hit, the Negro became a big star, and during the next three years about six more Negro actors were given featured or supporting roles in TV shows.
In order to understand current race and gender diversity issues, we must first examine current and past statistics involving this issue. Diverse inclusion is very important to consider when handling a public medium, such as television. Blogger Erik Voss states the fact that “since SNL premiered in 1975, only 15 black performers have been in the cast (and only two Latinos and zero Asian-Americans), and only four of those black performers have been women: Yvonne Hudson (1980-81), Danitra Vance (1985-86), Ellen Cleghorne (1991-95) and Maya Rudolph (2000-2007)” (Voss). Joe Blevins, another television blogger and firm believer in diversity said “just a few seasons ago, Saturday Night Live had only two African-American cast members, neither of whom was female. Unless either Kenan Thompson or Jay Pharoah agreed to wear a dress, the show did not even have someone to play
Martin Luther king Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. He was the second child of Michael King Sr., a pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Alberta Williams King, a former schoolteacher. Young Martin Luther king Jr. grew up in a wealthy for African Americans neighborhood, Sweet Auburn. Even he was a kid, he was known to be sensitive to racial injustices. When he was 6 years old, white parents of his best friend prohibited him and his friend to play together because of the skin color (Rufus Burrow Jr., 2014).
Many social groups achieved greater acceptance in the 1990s than they had in the 1950s. First of all, African Americans became more integrated into society in the later decades as they began to appear in television shows like Family Matters, a 1990’s sitcom that revolved around the wacky situations that follow an African American family. This show takes place in Chicago and the main characters include Steve Urkel, as well as Eddie, Laura, Carl, and Harriette Winslow. Harriette and Carl are the heads of the household as she works as a secretary and he as a police officer. A show like this would never exist in the 1950s; instead there were shows like I Love Lucy which focused on a nuclear family that would deal with very miniscule dilemmas.
Spike had a good beginning of black filmmaking community by finishing his first feature film She’s Gotta have it. Another important film could be School Daze, which is about “class and social distinction within the African-America community”. Also, his third film Do the Right Thing “explored racism in a way never seen before in Hollywood”. In Spike’s opinion, black know much more about white than white know about black.
In the 1990s the sitcom Desmond was the first British sitcom to have a black cast set in the workplace, having a black cast for this show proved that the alternative comedy sitcoms in the 1980s had some sort of effect in breaking the racial barrier which allowed channel 4 to take a step forward and go ahead and make a sitcom with a black cast it was the right thing to do as this series is one of channel 4s longest running sitcom with 71 episodes, the audience was attracted to this show because it was about an african family and it showed their lifestyle, the audience would be intrigued by this concept because it was something they have never seen on television before due to the racial problems in the previous years this was a great opportunity for the British public to learn that race really didn 't matter and that you didn 't have to be a certain colour to be funny, alternative comedy had a huge effect in this because the purpose in the previous years was that these issues can be sorted out and differences can be settles whether it was about racism or sexism or any social