Media Portrayals of African Americans Essay by The Research Group

Media Portrayals of African Americans
Images in magazines, film & TV. Discusses reasons for media depictions.
# 10444 | 675 words | 4 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 12, 2003 in Communication (Mass Media) , Sociology (Media and Society)


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"The questions of how African-Americans are portrayed in the American mass media is a complex one. Two of the most important complicating factors are the dramatic differences among the media themselves and the almost incalculably large range in the way that people respond to such depictions. There are as many different ways to interpret the images of blacks as there are audience members.
The image of blacks on the small screen is dramatically, almost unrecognizably different from the image of the Africa-American as seen in the pages of the black press. The women who appear in Essence are not those who appear in Ms. The characters in a Spike Lee film do not talk like the aliens in Star Trek, Episode One. There is no single image of the Africa-American in today's mass medium. This marks a substantial change from a generation.."

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