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White People Be Like … Black Solo and Racial Difference

Marvin McAllister

in Whiting Up: Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835081
eISBN:
9781469602431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869062_mcallister.10
Subject:
History, African-American History

In this chapter, the author returns to whiteface minstrelsy, the more improvisational, free-form mode of whiting up. He places black stand-up comics such as Jackie “Moms” Mabley, Dick Gregory, ... More


Direct from a Never Scared Bicentennial Nigger: Comic Rage in the Work of Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, and Chris Rock

Terrence T. Tucker

in Furiously Funny: Comic Rage from Ralph Ellison to Chris Rock

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813054360
eISBN:
9780813053059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054360.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the work of Richard Pryor and his comic successors, who build on his work while taking it in dynamic and unprecedented directions. In particular, this chapter focuses its ... More


In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Richard Iton

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195178463
eISBN:
9780199851812
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178463.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Prior to the 1960s, when African Americans had little access to formal political power, black popular culture was commonly seen as a means of forging community and effecting political change. But as ... More


Interlude: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Confessional

Christopher Grobe

in Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781479829170
eISBN:
9781479839599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829170.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

As each art form turned confessional, the first artists to attempt it had unusual amounts of social privilege—e.g., among poets, Robert Lowell, a Boston Brahmin. That, perhaps, is why confessional ... More


Black President Bush: The Racial and Gender Politics behind Dave Chappelle’s Presidential Drag

Eden Osucha

in Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041587
eISBN:
9780252050244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter examines fictional depictions of African American presidents as a popular trope in U.S. film, television, and literature, as producing a discourse of “black presidentialism” that ... More


A Friend of My Mind, or Where I Enter

Simone C. Drake

in When We Imagine Grace: Black Men and Subject Making

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226363837
eISBN:
9780226364025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226364025.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

Privileging imagination and creativity, this chapter is composed of vignettes that consider the complex and sometimes paradoxical relationship between crisis, vulnerability, and empowerment. It ... More


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