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Say it loud! : African-American audiences, media, and identity
Means Coleman, Robin R., 1969-
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 2002.
Physical Description:
x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Central Library P94.5.A37 S28 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This work features chapters that focus on how African-American identity is constructed, maintained, and represented in mass media (e.g. radio, television, film, print, cyberspace), and how African-Americans negotiate these presentations. Say It Loud provides an in-depth exploration into African-American audiences and their response to media's presentation of Black identity. African-American interpretations are largely absent from scholarship, thus this book fills a knowledge gap in media, audience, and African American literature by turning to African Americans directly to garner their insights into the representation of race in media.

Author Notes

Robin R. Means Coleman is Assistant Professor of Media Ecology in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University. She is author of African American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy (Routledge 1998).

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The ten essays in this collection make a significant contribution to the analysis of African American audiences in American media culture, revealing the manner in which African Americans engage with dominant cultural forms to make sense of their own cultural conditions. Framed by a postmodern culturalist tradition and its relevant theories and methodologies, the book offers a diversity of cultural conversations guided by the following research questions: How is blackness dealt with in the media? How do African Americans negotiate or make sense of the media's treatment of race? What social, historical, cultural, economic, and individual identity positions are brought to bear on this meaning making? The book is distinct and significant because it offers diverse audience-centered analyses of various media representations of African American life and culture from the perspective of African American scholars. In doing so, the book privileges African American voices in offering insights into how media treatments impact and play a major role in the social formation of African Americans' cultural identity. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. J. D. Hamlet Northern Illinois University

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