Live Stream: Frederick W. Gooding, Jr., Ph.D., author of Black Oscars

Black Oscars author talk with Frederick W. Gooding, Jr., Ph.D.Presented by Buncombe County Public Libraries and YMI Cultural Center

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Listen to Dr. Frederick W. Gooding Jr. speak about his book, Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans.

Second only to the Super Bowl in audience size and revenue, the Oscars are more than a mere ceremony; they are a phenomenon. Hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for over ninety years, the Oscars have long been considered the pinnacle of fantasy, beauty, romance and high class. They are eagerly anticipated and are heavily discussed. It is only recently that movements such as #OscarsSoWhite have raised awareness around the more complicated legacy of the Oscars and African American participation in film.

This book and presentation draws on American, African American, and film history to reflect on how the Oscars have recognized blacks from the award’s inception to the present. Starting in the 1920s, the chapters provides a thorough analysis and overview of any black actors nominated for their Hollywood roles during each decade. By cross-referencing historical trends with prior winners, readers will be able to see consistent patterns when it comes to black characters in film and ultimately judge whether mainstream race relations has truly changed substantively or only superficially over time.

Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. (AKA “Dr. G”) is an Associate Professor of African American Studies within the Honors College at TCU. A trained historian, Gooding most effectively analyzes contemporary mainstream media with a careful eye for persistent patterns along racial lines that appear benign but indeed have problematic historical roots. As such, Gooding’s most well-known work thus far is “You Mean, There’s RACE in My Movie? The Complete Guide to Understanding Race in Mainstream Hollywood.” He is also the author of “American Dream Deferred” about the growth and struggles of black federal workers in the postwar era (2018).

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Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans Cover Image
$46.41
ISBN: 9781538123720
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - May 24th, 2020

You Mean, There's RACE in My Movie - The Instructor's Manual Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780977804887
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Published: On the Reelz Press - June 14th, 2020

American Dream Deferred: Black Federal Workers in Washington, D.C., 1941-1981 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822945390
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - December 4th, 2018