n African Renaissance - Black portraiture in Hollywood (part 1) : Hollywood

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The power of the media cannot be underestimated. Bell Hooks warns blacks to be vigilant and critically aware of the ways that they are portrayed in the media. Her concern is that black people's responses to their representations in the media have become steadily passive since the heights of Civil Rights Movement and the 'start' of black cinema around the early 1970s. Hooks is adamant that not enough is being done to make black people aware of ''the ways black liberation struggles and, most particularly, the decolonising of our minds is affected by media'' (Hooks: p.5) - a view that has been echoed by many other writers.

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