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Representations of Black Thought

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This study is an analysis of Black responses to African American images, in contemporary media that grew from a course on Africana cinema, taught by Dr. Campbell Grant, at the University of Arizona. Survey participants were drawn from Tucson and Phoenix, AZ respectively, and range in age from thirteen to seventy-three. The sample consists of 15 male and 16 female subjects who were randomly chosen. Interview questions were fixed and nondiscriminatory. It was essential to survey individuals of African origin and whose ancestors survived American slavery. For the purpose of this study, these individuals are termed “Black or African American” and the terms are used interchangeably. A total of 31 individuals participated in this survey, which was administered March 2007 to May 2007.

Research findings demonstrate that participant’s responses to the images of African American males and females in the media were divided most closely along lines of gender. Black women reported being dissatisfied with the media images of Black women and feel that the media is largely to blame for the negative images of Blacks in America. Quite differently, Black males reported greater satisfaction with images of Black males in film and on television, even when these depictions included drug dealers, athletes, and hustlers. Social issues are most pressing for the participants and their responses symbolize group consensus with regards to the social status of Blacks in America. For instance, most of the participants feel that Blacks should be equal or have earned equality but are not treated equally.

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Black socialization, Black consciousness, media images
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Bradley, Dari. "Representations of Black Thought" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC, Oct 02, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p206848_index.html>

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Bradley, D. L. , 2007-10-02 "Representations of Black Thought" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p206848_index.html

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Abstract: This study is an analysis of Black responses to African American images, in contemporary media that grew from a course on Africana cinema, taught by Dr. Campbell Grant, at the University of Arizona. Survey participants were drawn from Tucson and Phoenix, AZ respectively, and range in age from thirteen to seventy-three. The sample consists of 15 male and 16 female subjects who were randomly chosen. Interview questions were fixed and nondiscriminatory. It was essential to survey individuals of African origin and whose ancestors survived American slavery. For the purpose of this study, these individuals are termed “Black or African American” and the terms are used interchangeably. A total of 31 individuals participated in this survey, which was administered March 2007 to May 2007.

Research findings demonstrate that participant’s responses to the images of African American males and females in the media were divided most closely along lines of gender. Black women reported being dissatisfied with the media images of Black women and feel that the media is largely to blame for the negative images of Blacks in America. Quite differently, Black males reported greater satisfaction with images of Black males in film and on television, even when these depictions included drug dealers, athletes, and hustlers. Social issues are most pressing for the participants and their responses symbolize group consensus with regards to the social status of Blacks in America. For instance, most of the participants feel that Blacks should be equal or have earned equality but are not treated equally.

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