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Stacy Zellmann <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 3 Nov 2004 15:46:07 -0600
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Dear ListServ Administrator:

Please post this to Screen-L. Also, please let me know if you'd like to
review the book for your listserv.  Thanks!

Best wishes,
Stacy Zellmann
Direct Marketing Manager
University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520

REVOLUTION TELEVISED: Prime Time and the Struggle for Black Power
Christine Acham
University of Minnesota Press | 248 pages | 2004
ISBN 0-8166-4431-4 | hardcover | $24.95

Establishes the influence of the Black Liberation movement on black
television of the 1960s and 1970s.

Christine Acham offers a complex reading of African American television
history, finding within programs like Sanford and Son and Good Times
opposition to dominant white constructions of African American identity.
Revolution Televised deftly illustrates how black television artists
operated within the constraints of the television industry to resist and
ultimately shape the mass media¹s portrayal of African American life.

³Revolution Televised is a brilliant, engaging, often eloquent book that
offers a completely fresh take on black television in the seventies.
Spurning the simplicity of Œnegative¹ versus Œpositive¹ images, it instead
explores the complex forms of agency and resistance that black actors
exercised, as well as probing the social circumstances and artistic options
available to its creators. This is unquestionably the finest treatment of
its subject that I have read, and will spark intense debate about the
critical issues it raises for some time to come. A marvelous, poetic read!²
‹Michael Eric Dyson

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book's

WATCHING RACE: Television and the Struggle for Blackness
Herman Gray
University of Minnesota Press | 224 pages | 2004
ISBN 0-8166-4510-8 | paperback | $18.95

A classic examination of the cultural relationship between television and
race‹with a new introduction!

In the late 1980s and early 1990s television representations of African
Americans exploded on the small screen. Starting with the portrayal of
blacks on series such as The Jack Benny Show and Amos ¹n¹ Andy and
continuing through The Cosby Show and In Living Color, Herman Gray shows how
the meaning of blackness on screen has changed through the years.

³This is a complex, subtle, and very important book. Gray argues that
television is the site where key racial moments (Rodney King, Hill-Thomas
hearings, Simpson trial, Los Angeles riots) have been staged and interpreted
for the American public.² ‹Contemporary Sociology

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