Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film by Mia Mask

By Mia Mask

This insightful research locations African American women's stardom in ancient and commercial contexts via studying the celebrity personae of 5 African American ladies: Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Halle Berry. reading each one woman's big name as predicated on a model of charismatic authority, Mia masks indicates how those lady stars have eventually complex the normal discursive practices during which blackness and womanhood were represented in advertisement cinema, autonomous movie, and community television._x000B__x000B_Mask examines the functionality of those stars in seminal but underanalyzed motion pictures. She considers Dandridge's prestige as a sexual commodity in movies reminiscent of Tamango, revealing the contradictory discourses concerning race and sexuality in segregation-era American tradition. Grier's feminist-camp performances in sexploitation photos ladies in Cages and the large Doll condo and her next blaxploitation cars Coffy and cunning Brown spotlight an analogous rigidity among representing African American ladies as either objectified stereotypes and robust, self-defining icons. masks reads Goldberg's reworking behavior in Sister Act and The affiliate as consultant of her unruly comedic workouts, whereas Winfrey's day-by-day tv functionality as self-made, self-help guru echoes Horatio Alger's narratives of good fortune. ultimately, masks analyzes Berry's meteoric luck by way of acknowledging the ways that Dandridge's occupation made Berry's possible.

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