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Completely updated to include the entire twentieth century, this new fourth edition covers all the latest directors, stars, and films including Summer of Sam, Jackie Brown, The Best Man, and The Hurricane. From The Birth of a Nation€”the groundbreaking work of independent filmmaker Oscar Micheaux€”and Gone with the Wind to the latest work by Spike Lee, John Singleton, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry and Will Smith, Donald Bogle reveals the ways in which the depiction of blacks in American movies has changed€”and the shocking ways in which it has remained the same.
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Donald Bogle is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in film and the arts. He is the author of the classic Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, which is published by Continuum. His best-selling Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood received the Hurston/Wright Finalist Legacy Award in Non-fiction. His other books include the critically acclaimed Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography; Blacks in American Films and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia; and Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television. He has appeared on such television programs as Entertainment Tonight; Today; Good Morning, America; and Nightline; and has served as a commentator on such documentaries as Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All-American, American Movie Classics' Small Steps . . . Big Strides, and TV Land's three-part series on African Americans on television. He also co-hosted Turner Classic Movies' award-winning series Race and Hollywood. The first edition of the present book, Brown Sugar, covered eighty years of America's black female superstars, and was turned into the highly successful four-part PBS documentary series by Mr. Bogle.Review:
"America's leading historian on black cinema."—USA Today
"A well-researched and lively romp through the history of blacks in films. Far more inclusive and informative than previous books on the subject."—The New York Times
"Mr. Bogle continues to be our most noted black-cinema historian."-Spike Lee
"Bogle is passionate and good-humored. His book is valuable as a film reference work and social document."—Gene Siskel
"Thank goodness for Donald Bogle."—Essence
"No one tells the story of Black Tinseltown like Donald Bogle. From the writing of the classic best seller Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks, to his definitive biography of Dorothy Dandridge, this film scholar has made Hollywood his town."—Essence (4/05)
Mentioned as the author’s “...landmark study” in a review for his new book. –Washington Post Book World, 2/27/05
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