Monitoring Hollywood VI Black Power or Black Stereotypes

Monitoring Hollywood VI Black Power or Black Stereotypes

Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists presents Monitoring Hollywood VI: Black Power or Black Stereotypes? Navigating the Landscape of New Black Hollywood.  Media personalities, scholars and actors will give critical analysis on Black directors and media makers of 2013 and how they portrayed African Americans on screen. The free event is co-sponsored by WHYY/NewsWorks.org. 

Black directors are making great strides in film and television with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave taking home the Oscar for Best Picture, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o possibly breaking down the barriers in Hollywood for dark-skinned black actresses and Lee Daniels’ critically acclaimed film, The Butler, was a tour-de-force. On the television side, popular shows such as Being Mary Jane, Scandal and reality shows which have black creators are also extremely successful.

However, some feel that black media makers are not utilizing their power, too dependent on Hollywood and are obsessed with being validated by the establishment.  Some even argue that black directors depict the same stereotypes and practice colorism in their casting that the black community has fought against for years.

Panelists:
Solomon Jones (NewsWorks, Essence Magazine best-selling author)

Jennifer Lewis-Hall (PHL-17 morning anchor, network journalist NBC’s Early Today show, CNBC and more).

Christopher Mann (actor, HBO The Wire, House of Cards, Law & Order Special Victims Unit)

Nakia Dillard, (actor, Night Catches Us co-starring Kerry Washington, The Underground Kings, Law Abiding Citizen with Jamie Foxx, Cover directed by Bill Duke)

Dr. Anthea Butler (Associate Professor University of Penn, Africana Studies & Religious Studies, frequent contributor MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show

Michael Coard  (attorney/activist, host of Radio Courtroom WURD 900AM)

Bobbi Booker from the Philadelphia Tribune and WRTI 90.1FM will serve as moderator

Monitoring Hollywood VI Black Power or Black Stereotypes
Event Category: Discussion
When: March 26, 2014
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: WHYY
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