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Afrocentricity—the placement of African values and ideals at the center of the discussion surrounding African culture, discourse, and behavior—is an important framework that has emerged over the past decade. In this timely volume, editor Janice D. Hamlet has chosen essays that illuminate various aspects of African American culture, refracted through the lens of Afrocentric thought. In Part I, the basics of Afrocentric ideology and methodology are examined. Part II focuses on Afrocentric approaches to the dynamics of communication. The Afrocentric influence on the black aesthetic is covered in Part III, with an examination of language, literature, oral tradition, movies, and television. Part IV provides a glimpse into the future of Afrocentric visions.
Chapter 11: Representing African American Women in Hollywood Movies: An African-Conscious Analysis
Representing African American Women in Hollywood Movies: An African-Conscious Analysis
As a little girl growing up in Monrovia, Liberia, movies were a special treat forme. I believe that the first film I ever saw was My Fair Lady (1964), a movie about a White woman who sheds her working-class identity to integrate into the world of the British upper class. Although I was in an African country, the movies that were distributed there, like Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), represented Africans and Africans in the diaspora as immoral, cultureless, brainless savages. I never saw a film that presented Black people, let alone Black little girls, as humans. To this day, mainstream images of Black ...