Being born in the late 90’s, I watched on the television how black people were shown in positive light in t.v shows, movies, and even in the music industry. The effect of so many black people displayed on the t.v screens empowered a generation to dream of their own future and possibilities! Just to give you an idea of what this black representation looked like in the late 90’s here is a list of some really good shows and movies.
T.V Shows like:
- Living Single
- A Different World
- Sister, Sister
- The Jamie Foxx Show
- The Wayans Bros.
- Moesha (my personal fav!)
- The Bernie Mac Show Movies like:
- Hav Plenty (1997)
- Waiting to Exhale (1995)
- Higher Learning (1995)
- Poetic Justice (1993)
- Friday (1995)
- Boyz n the Hood (1991)
My lists can go on forever but you guys get the point! ☺️
⚡️Now let’s get down to the importance of these people in their roles.
The effect of watching all these black stars rather they were actors, or actress, or even dancers , inspired generations today to dream and achieve. Before the era where black people held positive roles within the media. The stereotype that comes from the creation of the dominant culture , (WHITE PEOPLE), held and beloved about black people being uneducated, ugly, humorless, inaquadte etc,. BASICALLY the dominant culture – or the one culture that was (and still is) in control of the contrsuction of knowledge ( social media platforms, tv networks, radio, and newspapers),wants you to believe that your blackness is evil and can do no good deed.
Obviously we know this belief held by whites is clearly not true nor can it be supported.
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These films and t.v shows allowed for black people to express themselves and reject the racial identity about themselves and people of color. Or in better words like the pop magazine,Complex, says:
“Black sitcoms were largely dormant until the ’70s, then finally hitting a stride in the ’80s. In the ’90s, that stride became a sprint, with networks scrambling to reach black audiences. This coincided with a celebration of black culture, as Afrocentrism was embraced by hip-hop and it became commonplace to see Malcolm X hats and Howard University sweatshirts in music videos and in the streets. It felt like the perfect marriage of African-American culture and popular culture.”
Personally to me black representation within film and broadcasting have decreased in comparison with the large and dominant presence held during the early 90’s to the mid-early 20’s.I hope our generation we can change that in order to empowerment the children of our future!
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And Clark Atlanta University
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Much love and peace!