Download e-book for kindle: Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film by Mia Mask

By Mia Mask

ISBN-10: 0252034228

ISBN-13: 9780252034220

ISBN-10: 0252076192

ISBN-13: 9780252076190

This insightful research locations African American women's stardom in old and business contexts via analyzing the superstar personae of 5 African American ladies: Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Halle Berry. analyzing every one woman's megastar as predicated on a model of charismatic authority, Mia masks indicates how those girl stars have finally advanced the normal discursive practices in which blackness and womanhood were represented in advertisement cinema, self reliant movie, and community television.

Mask examines the functionality of those stars in seminal but underanalyzed movies. She considers Dandridge's prestige as a sexual commodity in motion pictures akin to Tamango, revealing the contradictory discourses relating to race and sexuality in segregation-era American tradition. Grier's feminist-camp performances in sexploitation photographs Women in Cages and The great Doll House and her next blaxploitation autos Coffy and Foxy Brown spotlight an identical pressure among representing African American girls as either objectified stereotypes and strong, self-defining icons. masks reads Goldberg's reworking behavior in Sister Act and The Associate as consultant of her unruly comedic exercises, whereas Winfrey's day-by-day tv functionality as self-made, self-help guru echoes Horatio Alger narratives of good fortune. eventually, masks analyzes Berry's meteoric good fortune via acknowledging the ways that Dandridge's occupation made Berry's possible.

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