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Color by Fox

The Fox Network and the Revolution in Black Television

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Color by Fox by Kristal Brent Zook
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Offering a fascinating examination of the explosion of black television programming in the 1980s and 1990s, this book provides, for the first time ever, an interpretation of black TV based in both journalism and critical theory. Locating a persistent black nationalist desire-a yearning for home and community-in the shows produced by and for African-Americans in this period, Zook shows how the Fox hip-hop sitcom both reinforced and rebelled against earlier black sitcoms from the sixties and seventies. Incorporating interviews with such prominent executives, producers, and stars as Keenan Ivory Wayans, Sinbad, Quincy Jones, Robert Townsend, Charles Dutton, Yvette Lee Bowser, Ralph Farquhar, and Susan Fales, this study looks at both production and reception among African-American viewers, providing nuanced readings of the shows themselves as well as the sociopolitical contexts in which they emerged. While black TV during this period may seem trivial or buffoonish to some, Sly as a Fox reveals its deep-rooted ties to African-American protest literature and autobiography, and a desire for social transformation.

Author Biography

Freelance writer and independent scholar.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 1999
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
16 halftones
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Pages
160
Dimensions
143x214x18
ISBN-13
9780195105483
Product ID
1808945

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