Little Black Sambo

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Let’s begin with observing the symbolism of the characters that construct the overall view of the video. Starting with the beginning of the video it is an observation that the entire video will be in black and white. Jay-Z presents the title of the video as he introduces a character in a Warners Brothers Looney Tunes original title page. The characters name in the video is Jaybo whom is based off a character named Sambo. Sambo comes from a racist children's book named “The Story of Little Black Sambo.”This children’s book shows how African Americans were portrayed in the media (Rolling Stones: JayZ). The video then shows a small map of the location which is in New York City. The video starts out in a burlesque club with people playing jazz
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