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Blackface: Reflections on African-Americans and the Movies Hardcover – October, 1994

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From Publishers Weekly

According to the publisher, this book caps George's trilogy on black popular culture, after Elevating the Game, on basketball, and The Death of Rhythm and Blues, on music. But even the author acknowledges that Blackface is "more a memoir than a critique," and although his observations are often worthy and his style entertaining, his take is too scattershot to do his subject justice. He begins with memories of his Brooklyn youth, offering pointed reflections on Sidney Poitier and The Godfather. George became a music journalist and wound up in Brooklyn's Fort Greene, where he met Spike Lee and soon segued into the burgeoning 1980s world of black film as a writer and producer. He devotes a chapter to comments on early 1990s black films, from New Jack City to Daughters of the Dust, then a long chapter to the making of the "rapumentary" CB4, which he produced. George sums up by suggesting that innovations-through independent distribution or a "direct-to-home-video market"-are needed to get more black films to their targeted audience. Interspersed amid the chapters is a lengthy, annotated time line on black film. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Critic George (Buppies, B-Boys, Baps, & Bohos, LJ 1/93) presents a lively history of the African American film scene. [Reviewed on p. 78.]
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (October 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060171200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060171209
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,982,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nelson George is an author/filmmaker who specializes in documenting and celebrating African-American culture. As an author he's written several classic black music histories, including Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound, The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop America. He also edited The James Brown Reader, an anthology of articles about the late Godfather of Soul. His current novel, The Plot Against Hip Hop, has a musical theme. He contributed major articles on the films The Help and Pariah to The New York Times Arts & Leisure section in 2011. As a filmmaker George has directed the HBO film Life Support, and has two documentaries debuting in 2012: Brooklyn Boheme on Showtime and The Announcement: Magic Johnson on ESPN. George's web site is www.nelsondgeorge.net.

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Nelson George does a Great job of showing through the history of FIlm How African-American Actors&Actress's are portrayed.the power of Image in front&behind the camera is on display here.very detailed of how African-American Image's translate from head too toe with audience's.this book holds nothing back.Nelson George brings another Winner here.
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