The Roles Of Blacks In Film And Media

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During the beginning stages of film and media, Blacks struggled to represent their own stories, beliefs, opinions and identities because whites controlled the entertainment industry and chose what images of Blacks to portray. The people targeted in the mass media were White, many of them European immigrants looking to the media to learn about the people and their new nation. Men and women of color were treated by the media as fringe audiences, not large enough in number to influence the content directed to the mass media” (Wilson Gutierrez, & Chao, 2013, p.37). The next shift within Black representation in the media happened during the Civil Rights Movement. Footages of protests and speeches by Black people started being shown more on television
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