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Terrence T. Tucker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054360

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054360.001.0001

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Hollywood Shuffle and Bamboozled

Hollywood Shuffle and Bamboozled

Comic Rage, Black Film, and Popular Culture at the End of the Century

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(p.197) 5 Hollywood Shuffle and Bamboozled
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Terrence T. Tucker

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054360.003.0006

On the heels of the expansion of comic rage into art forms beyond literature and stand-up, this chapter examines the presence of comic rage in films directed by African Americans. After the Blaxploitation Era and the surge of black films and television shows in the 1990s, these films critiqued the problematic representations of blackness that have been imbedded in two of the most popular mediums of the second half of the twentieth century. While Hollywood Shuffle castigates the limited roles African Americans are given in film, Bamboozled exposes the virtual return to blackface minstrelsy that black actors are expected to accept in an allegedly more diverse TV landscape. Both works wrestle with questions of authenticity that are imposed by mainstream society or blindly adopted by African Americans responding with simplistic “real” yet destructive counter-representations.

Keywords:   minstrelsy, Blaxploitation Era, authenticity, Hollywood Shuffle, Bamboozled

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