Hollywood's African American Films

The Transition to Sound

Author: Ryan Jay Friedman

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813550483

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 247

View: 4202


In 1929 and 1930, during the Hollywood studios' conversion to synchronized-sound film production, white-controlled trade magazines and African American newspapers celebrated a "vogue" for "Negro films." "Hollywood's African American Films" argues that the movie business turned to black musical performance to both resolve technological and aesthetic problems introduced by the medium of "talking pictures" and, at the same time, to appeal to the white "Broadway" audience that patronized their most lucrative first-run theaters. Capitalizing on highbrow associations with white "slumming" in African American cabarets and on the cultural linkage between popular black musical styles and "natural" acoustics, studios produced a series of African American-cast and white-cast films featuring African American sequences. Ryan Jay Friedman asserts that these transitional films reflect contradictions within prevailing racial ideologies--arising most clearly in the movies' treatment of African American characters' decisions to migrate. Regardless of how the films represent these choices, they all prompt elaborate visual and narrative structures of containment that tend to highlight rather than suppress historical tensions surrounding African American social mobility, Jim Crow codes, and white exploitation of black labor.

Private Action and the Public Good

Author: N.A

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300174922

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 9147


Governments around the world are turning over more of their services to private or charitable organizations, but can non-profits provide more and higher-quality services than governments of for-profit businesses? This book examines the non-profit sector through a variety of theoretical lenses.

Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Author: Merriam-Webster, Inc

Publisher: Merriam-Webster

ISBN: 9780877790426

Category: Reference

Page: 1236

View: 4120


"A rich source of information about the world's finest literature. Over 10,000 entries and 250 illustrations covering authors, works, and literary terms and topics from all eras and all parts of the world. Includes pronunciations."

Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian

Author: Barry T. Klein

Publisher: N.A


Category: Indians of North America

Page: 679

View: 1968


**** The standard information sourcebook on the North American Indian, cited in BCL3, Sheehy, ARBA. The present revised and expanded edition (5th was in 1990) is now in a three column format. The Encyclopedia is divided into three main sections: Source Listings, Bibliography, and Who's Who. A new subsection within the Source Listings, Arts and Crafts Shops and Cooperatives, contains some 900 sources of retail, wholesale, and mail order Native American art and craft supplies. Approximately 500 in-print books have been added to the bibliography, and about 500 new biographies have also been added. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR