Studies in Black Television

AFRO 227
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Studies in Black TV.  With many black television series of the 1970s, '80s, and '90s still in heavy rotation, it is clear that something about black television remains deeply relevant in popular culture.  This course explores topics in black television in order to a) analyze the economic and political factors that lead to successful series; b) historicize black television of the Diaspora, including the U.S., Caribbean, UK, Canada, and Nigeria; c) identify conventions and define a "black aesthetic," d) determine how black series in one genre (such as sitcoms or drams) aid in mapping other genres; and e) answer how these series navigate stereotypes and cultural shifts.