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White scripts and Black supermen : Black masculinities in comic books

Author: Jonathan GaylesDwayne McDuffieReginald HudlinJeffrey A BrownJohn JenningsAll authors
Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : California Newsreel, [2011]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A documentary on representations of Black masculinity in comic books; a popular culture genre which existed before television and whose reach extends into other areas of cultural production such as movies and animated TV series. In a serious, lively and humorous manner, the film examines the degree to which some of the first Black superheroes generally adhered to and were burdened by stereotypes about Black men.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Documentary films
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Gayles; Dwayne McDuffie; Reginald Hudlin; Jeffrey A Brown; John Jennings; Mark Anthony Neal; Tony Tallarico; Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua; Marc Singer; Christian Davenport; Tony Isabella; Dawud Anyabwile; Adilifu Nama; Turtel Onli; Eric Battle; Grace Films (Firm); California Newsreel (Firm)
OCLC Number: 787874467
Language Note: In English; optional English captions for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
Notes: This disc is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
Originally produced in 2011.
Includes bonus feature: The Black age of comics.
Credits: Producer, writer, director: Jonathan Gayles.
Performer(s): Speakers: Dwayne McDuffie, Reginald Hudlin, Jeffrey A. Brown, John I. Jennings, Jelani Cobb, Mark Anthony Neal, Anthony Tallarico, Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, Elise McCutchen, Julian Chambliss, Marc Singer, Christian Davenport, William Foster, III, Tony Isabella, Dawald Osaze Kamau Anyabwile, Guy Sims, Adilifu Nama, Michael Sales, Stanford Carpenter, Yumy Odom, Turtel Onli, Eric Battle, Uraeus, Omar Bilal.
Description: 1 videodisc (52 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R; NTSC; all regions; widescreen presentation; Dolby digital 2.0.
Contents: Black masculinities in comic books --
Lobo --
The Black Panther --
The Falcon --
John Stewart --
Luke Cage --
Tyroc --
Black Lightning.
Other Titles: Black masculinities in comic books
Responsibility: Grace Films ; produced, written, and directed by Jonathan Gayles.
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"A documentary on representations of Black masculinity in comic books; a popular culture genre which existed before television and whose reach extends into other areas of cultural production such as movies and animated TV series. In a serious, lively and humorous manner, the film examines the degree to which some of the first Black superheroes generally adhered to and were burdened by stereotypes about Black men. However, we also witness how some images shifted--oftentimes clumsily--to reflect the changing times. Featured commentary by scholars and cultural critics, producers, writers and artists provides tools for critiquing all media as they introduce and analyze the leading Black comic book superheroes of the late 60s to late 70s including Black Panther, the Falcon, John Stewart (the Green Lantern), Luke Cage and Black Lightning."--Container.

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White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books

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Writer/Director/Producer Jonathan Gayles is an Associate Professor of African-American Studies and an Associate Dean at Georgia State University. With a PhD in anthropology, one of Gayles’ research interests is black masculinity as depicted in mass media. The documentary opens with Gayles speaking...
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