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Watkins, Mel 1940-

Overview
Works: 21 works in 55 publications in 1 language and 5,126 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Quotations  Fiction  History  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Compiler, Interviewee
Classifications: PN6231.N5, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Mel Watkins
On the real side : laughing, lying, and signifying-- : the underground tradition of African-American humor that transformed American culture, from slavery to Richard Pryor by Mel Watkins ( Book )
4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Watkins chronicles both the public stereotype through minstrel performers, motion pictures, radio and television, and the underground humor that resurfaced in the 1970s with comedians like Richard Pryor
The Bob Love story if it's gonna be, it's up to me by Bob Love ( )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stepin Fetchit : the life and times of Lincoln Perry by Mel Watkins ( Book )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first African American movie star, Lincoln Perry, a.k.a. Stepin Fetchit, is an iconic figure in the history of American popular culture. In the late 1920s and 30s he was both renowned and reviled for his surrealistic portrayals of the era's most popular comic stereotype; the lazy, shiftless Negro. After his breakthrough role in the 1929 film Hearts in Dixie, Perry was hailed as the best actor that the talking pictures have produced by the critic Robert Benchley. Having run away from his Key West home in his early teens, Perry found success as a vaudevillian before making his way to California. The tall, lanky actor became the first millionaire black movie star when he appeared in a string of hit movies as the whiny, ever-perplexed, slow-talking comic sidekick. Perry was the highest paid and most popular black comedian in America during Hollywood's Golden Age, but his ongoing battles with movie executives, his rowdy offscreen behavior, and his extravagant spending kept him in gossip column headlines. Perry's spendthrift ways and exorbitant lifestyle hastened his decline and, in 1947, having squandered or given away his fortune, he was forced to declare bankruptcy. In 1964 Perry was discovered in the charity ward of Chicago's Cook County Hospital; he later turned up in Muhammad Ali's entourage. In 1972 he unsuccessfully sued CBS for defamation because of a television program that ridiculed the type of characters he had portrayed. But his achievements were eventually acknowledged; in 1976 the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP gave him its Special Image Award for having opened the door for many a succeeding African American film star, and in 1978 he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. In Stepin Fetchit, Mel Watkins has given us the first definitive, full-scale biography of an entertainment legend
African American humor : the best Black comedy from slavery to today ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
To be a Black woman: portraits in fact and fiction by Mel Watkins ( Book )
7 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Who killed Tiffany Jones? : a novel by Mavis Kaye ( Book )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The sensational killings that have rocked the seemingly untouchable world of international jet-setters and powerful glitterati appear to be unrelated but Kim Carlyle, former police detective turned entertainment agent, senses there'as a thread connecting them all." -- Jacket
On the real side : a history of African American comedy by Mel Watkins ( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores how humor in the African American entertainment business has sahped America and African Americans themselves
Images of African-Americans on prime-time television ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A three part satellite seminar series examining how television has covered and reflected black history and culture over the past fifty years. In this second segment panelists examine the stereotypes of Amos 'n' Andy in the postwar era, the success of the Cosby show in the 1980s, and the recent trend of burgeoning networks concentrating on African-American-themed programming
On the real side : laughing, lying, and signifying-- : the undergroud tradition of African-American humor by Mel Watkins ( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When I'm bad, I'm better the groundbreakers ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The fourth episode in a six-part series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. Episode four looks a the work of controversial comedians. For the groundbreaks fo comedy getting a laugh and getting at the truth were the same. Looks at the comedy of not only Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and the Smothers Brothers, but also Mae West, Moms Mabley and Richard Pryor
[Interview with Mel Watkins raw footage] ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Watkins goes on to discuss Broadway as one of the greatest sources of opportunity for African Americans during the 20th century; views of blackface makeup as worn by Black performers in the 20th century and by Whites of the 19th from a variety of perspectives; more on the musical Shuffle along, which featured outstanding Broadway performers, introduced more straightforward syncopated rhythms, and offered more rhythmic jazz-oriented dance than had been seen before on Broadway; its wide appreciation by the audience; its breakout song "I'm just wild about Harry." Discussion continues with Broadway's ambivalent portrayal of Blacks during World War II, and the popular show Carmen Jones which Harlem intellectuals criticized for its regressive stereotypes; the upsurge of Black musicals on Broadway during the 1970s, which celebrated black life and culture; the transformation of Black comedy from the submissive stereotypes of the Minstrel show to the realistic, direct humor of such performers as Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Pryor; Ntozake Shange's For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, which portrayed what it is like to be female and Black in America; Watkin's view of Broadway as representative of entertainment, as well as the entire range of American society
Stephen Foster ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A biography of Stephen Foster, the first great American songwriter, whose melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that many think his songs are folk tunes. In all he composed some 200 songs and although he virtually invented popular music, Foster's personal life was tragic and contradiction-ridden. His marriage was largely unhappy, he never made much money from his work and eventually died at the age of 37 a nearly penniless alcoholic on the Bowery in New York
Mel Watkins, writer/journalist by James Vernon Hatch ( )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A hero among us by Robert Johnson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Our turn by Mel Watkins ( )
1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The tell tale heart : Washington Project for the Arts, March 9-May 5, 1990 : Ken Little, James Luna, Judy Southerland, Pat Ward Williams by Mel Watkins ( Book )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Never give a sucker an even break the wiseguys ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The fifth episode in a six-part series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. Episode five looks at the comedy of W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, Joan Rivers, Paul Lynde, Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Larry David
Directions in black writing ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Black review No. 2 : [literature] ( Book )
1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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