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Say My Name: Unnamed Black Objects in This Year’s “Quality” Films

December 20, 2013
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Say My Name: Unnamed Black Objects in This Year’s “Quality” Films

This year has been heralded as a renaissance for films featuring black actors and actresses. Many of these black actors and actresses have performed in “quality” films like 42, The Butler, and 12 Years A Slave. As an arbiter of their “quality” these films have already begun racking up award nominations, and in some...
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The Cancellation of Don’t Trust the B and Gay Black Tele(in)visibility

February 12, 2013
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The Cancellation of <i> Don’t Trust the B </i> and Gay Black Tele(in)visibility

As we bid farewell to Don’t Trust the B, we also bid farewell to a part of gay black visibility on network television. Luther was a character written in a mold that has (problematically) been deemed passé and disrespectful to the middle class, married/coupled, suburban model of gay televisibility. And for that, we should...
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Archiving Blackness: The DVD and Cultural Memory

December 27, 2012
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Archiving Blackness: The DVD and Cultural Memory

Flipping through the post-Christmas sales, I'm reminded of how the TV show on DVD has become an ubiquitous part of our culture. But it's those series or seasons of shows that are not for sale that tell a narrative of what's worthy of archiving within our popular culture and collective memory.
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Making the Past Sparkle

August 20, 2012
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Making the Past <em>Sparkle</em>

The contemporary remake of the 1976 film works to reshape the ways in which mass mediated blackness is understood.
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Different for Boys: Frank Ocean and the “Problem” of Male Bisexuality

August 1, 2012
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Different for Boys: Frank Ocean and the “Problem” of Male Bisexuality

Frank Ocean's alleged coming out story never uses the word "gay" and his music expresses desire for same- and opposite-sex partners. So how do we make the leap?
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The All-Black Steel Magnolias and Gay Male Reception

July 18, 2012
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The All-Black <em>Steel Magnolias</em> and Gay Male Reception

Some gay men will tune in and enjoy the telefilm on its own merits while others already hate this remake because it isn't the 1989 theatrical version.
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FOX Formula 3.0?: TBS, Cougar Town, and the Disappearing Televisual Black Body

June 18, 2012
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FOX Formula 3.0?: TBS, Cougar Town, and the Disappearing Televisual Black Body

TBS’ agreement to air new episodes of Cougar Town may signal the next network to employ the "Fox Formula" whereby market share is built courting black viewership, only to be discarded once a critical mass of mainstream viewership is attained.
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