With the timely release of Black Panther this weekend during Black History Month, many are celebrating and reflecting on what representation in film and media means to African Americans. As Carvell Wallace wrote in a recent New York Times Magazine piece, “We have for centuries sought to either find or create a promised land where we would be untroubled by the criminal horrors of our American existence.”¹
To facilitate conversations on the history of representation in media for African Americans, and to gain a better understanding of the need for more African American representation in film, check out the Humanities E-Book titles below. These title span a range of topics, from the portrayal of African American urban experiences in film, a review of black film criticism, and the recent history of African American representation on television.
- (Wallace, Carvell. “Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America.” New York Times Magazine, 12 Feb. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/magazine/why-black-panther-is-a-defining-moment-for-black-america.html.)