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...Traditionally, scholarly interest surrounding African American representation has focused overwhelmingly on the notion of stereotype. In this view, the capacity of mainstream media, particularly film, to present alternative and complex...

Historicizing the Shadows and the Acts: No Way Out and the Imagining of Black Activist Communities

Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...This chapter argues that the banning of an antiracism film in Chicago helps us understand the dominant form of racial liberalism that emerged after World War II—specifically, how that liberalism did not condone or support independently...

“Black Masculinity on Horseback: From Duel at Diablo to Buck and the Preacher . . . and Beyond”

Mia Mask

Mia Mask is Associate Professor of Film at Vassar College, USA, where she teaches courses on African American cinema, documentary film history, celebrity and power, and seminars on special topics. She also teaches feminist film theory, African national cinemas, and genre courses. She is the author of Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film and the editor of Contemporary Black American Cinema. She has written film reviews and covered festivals for IndieWire.com, The Village Voice, Film Quarterly, Time Out New York, and The Poughkeepsie Journal. Her criticism was anthologized in Best American Movie Writing, 1999. Her scholarly essays are published in the African American National Biography, Screen Stars of the 1990s, Film and Literature, and American Cinema of the 1970s. She is on the editorial board of The Black Scholar. Her cultural commentary has been heard on National Public Radio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...In making Buck and the Preacher, Poitier achieved several important goals. He established himself as a competent director and cemented his links to the black community. Even normally hostile militants like Donald Bogle were swayed...

Stepping behind the Camera: Sidney Poitier's Directorial Career

Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Sidney Poitier's “second” career in Hollywood as a director is an often forgotten, marginalized, or derided aspect of an artist who has come to symbolize blackness in the American cinema. One of the clearest articulations of the divide...

Transcending Paul Poitier: Six Degrees of Separation and the Construction of Will Smith

Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Will Smith now occupies a position in Hollywood that is unrivaled by any other black performer, and the meaning of his star status has historical and cultural implications that have not been fully examined. This analysis contributes...

No Shafts, Super Flys, or Foxy Browns: Sidney Poitier's Uptown Saturday Night as Alternative to Blaxploitation Cinema

Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...It is no coincidence that Sidney Poitier's ascendance in the motion picture industry coincided with the emergence of the civil rights movement. While Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and swarms of blacks and liberal whites took to the streets...

Introduction: The Angry Angel

Ian Gregory Strachan

Ian Gregory Strachan received his PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He is Associate Professor of English at the College of The Bahamas. He has also held the post of Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and is a former fellow of the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Paradise and Plantation: Tourism and Culture in the Anglophone Caribbean (2002). He was recently co-edited an issue of the University of Miami’s journal of Caribbean studies, Anthurium dedicated to Bahamian literature. He has also recently contributed a chapter to Routledge’s forthcoming anthology Black Cinema Reconsidered entitled “The Measure of Men: Legacies of Sidney Poitier’s A Piece of the Action.” He is also a published playwright, poet and novelist. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mia Mask

Mia Mask is Associate Professor of Film at Vassar College, USA, where she teaches courses on African American cinema, documentary film history, celebrity and power, and seminars on special topics. She also teaches feminist film theory, African national cinemas, and genre courses. She is the author of Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film and the editor of Contemporary Black American Cinema. She has written film reviews and covered festivals for IndieWire.com, The Village Voice, Film Quarterly, Time Out New York, and The Poughkeepsie Journal. Her criticism was anthologized in Best American Movie Writing, 1999. Her scholarly essays are published in the African American National Biography, Screen Stars of the 1990s, Film and Literature, and American Cinema of the 1970s. She is on the editorial board of The Black Scholar. Her cultural commentary has been heard on National Public Radio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...There is a notion of Sidney Poitier that is etched in our minds, an image immortalized in film. It is a powerful image. He stands before us, a dark prince. His eyes are magnetic, his smile disarming, and his voice gentle. His movements...

Whisper Campaign on Catfish Row: Sidney Poitier and Porgy and Bess

Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...On July 2, 1958, The Los Angeles Mirror News reported that fire had destroyed a sound stage on the Goldwyn studio lot. At the time, this soundstage was the second largest in Hollywood, with the building alone valued at about $1 million....

“You'd be criminals!”: Transgression, Legal Union, and Interracial Marriage in 1967 Film and Law

Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...In the autumn of 2009, Terence McKay and Beth Humphrey, both citizens of the United States hailing from Hammond, Louisiana, asked to be married by a justice of the peace, Keith Bardwell. Justice Bardwell, who had been on the bench for 34...

Caribbean All-Stars: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and the Rise of the African American Leading Man

Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Denzel Washington, speech on receiving the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, March 24, 2002, Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, http://aaspeechesdb.oscars.org/link/074-1/.I'll always...