Historical Dictionary of African American Television (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts) (Hardcover)
From Amos 'n' Andy to The Jeffersons to Family Matters to Chappelle's Show, this volume has all different genres--animation, documentaries, sitcoms, sports, talk shows, and variety shows--and performers such as Muhammad Ali, Louis Armstrong, Bill Cosby, and Oprah Winfrey. Additionally, information can be found on general issues ranging from African American audiences and stereotypes through the related networks and organizations. This second edition covers the history of African Americans on television from the beginning of national television through the present day including: -chronology -introductory essay -appendixes -bibliography -over 1000 cross-referenced entries on actors, performers, producers, directors, news and sports journalists -entries on series, specials and movies relevant to African American themes and African American casts This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the history of African-Americans and their impact on television.
Kathleen Fearn-Banks is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. She joined the faculty after 21 years in network television public relations and additional experience in television news and newspaper feature writing. Anne Burford-Johnson produced a PBS's children's series, as well as industrial and documentary films. She was also a development and program executive for network series.