ArticleS Analysis Essay Research Paper In Jacqueline

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Article`S Analysis Essay, Research Paper In Jacqueline Bobo’s article, “The Color Purple: Black Women as Cultural Readers”, it is discussed how black women create meaning out of the mainstream text of the film “The Color Purple”. In Leslie B Innis and Joe R. Feagin’s article, “The Cosby Show: The View from the Black Middle Class”, they are explaining black middle-classed responses to the portrayal of Black family life on “The Cosby Show”. In their articles, Bobo, Innis and Feagin are investigating the representation of race, particularly African American race, in the mass media. However, these two shows are better portrayed than what was seen in the first article. This article “Midnight Ramble” portrays a much earlier media perception of African

Americans. The information shows the first blacks in films, as well as the white actors who were painted up to portray the black characters. “Midnight Ramble” occurred between WWI and the 1950’s. This, while not an excuse, does at least show that things have changed some. The chief concerns of the investigations of the articles, lie in how African Americans deal with the way these representations portray them individually and their social group as a whole. This paper’s purpose is to compare the issues in each article and analyze the larger sociopolitical implications of these media representations. In Bobo’s article, the chief concerns of the author are “the savage and brutal depiction of black men in the film”, “black family instability”, and the way that black

women embrace the film and use their own reconstructed meaning of it to “empower themselves and their social group”(Bobo, 90-92). Film, as a medium, starts out with many potential limitations and problems when it comes to representing a whole race of people. No two people are exactly alike no matter what race they come from, so there is no one film that can represent all people. Unfortunately, many people believe that this is possible. Some believe that a certain depiction of black people characterizes all black people, which is certainly not the case. This is dangerous because it involves stereotyping and discrimination. The viewing public pays for movies, therefore, movie producers have to tailor their product so that the majority of viewers will enjoy, and agree with their

product, so that the majority of viewers will enjoy, and agree with the ideas behind the film. The majority still, almost always means white America. Even African American based movies are made for white audiences. The representation of blacks in this type of environment does not always portray the real African American person. The film “The Color Purple” has been the center of controversy since it was made in 1985.many feel that the film is a bad portrayal of black family life, and that it is stereotypically portraying black men as evil and brutal who imprison and abuse women. The main purpose of Bobo’s article was to find out why black women loved the movie so much and if they saw the film as helping or hindering their cause. Bobo did find that while many black women

loved the movie, they found things inherently wrong with the way black men were portrayed. They did find the film positive, though, because it did portray black women in a more positive way than most other films. The women found power in the film and were able to identify with this search of power and their own identity. “The Color Purple” presented a new type of feminism to black women who were used to seeing black women characters portrayed as slaves, maids, or nannies. “The women saw the film as a little bit of truth wrapped in a blanket of stereotypes” (Bobo,102). They did believe that it was a story that needed to be told. The larger implications of “The Color Purple” are very serious. Black family life is presented as dysfunctional. Women are seen as fragile and