This commercial is for Reebok's athletic shoe –Answer IX –that was released in 2005 and endorsed by NBA All-Star Allen Iverson. It depicts a shirtless Iverson before a game, and highlights the many injuries endured by the player throughout his career. The commercial ends with an announcer proclaiming, “This Guy is a Warrior”, and Iverson asserting that it is, “Time to go to work.”
In this clip from cycle 13 of America’s Next Top Model, the final six contestants travel to Maui, Hawaii – Tyra’s chosen “exotic” location for the second half of the season. This photo shoot is held in a sugar cane field, and each of the six girls is asked represent the cultures of “two very distinct races” – for example, Botswanan and Polynesian, Tibetan and Egyptian, Mexican and Greek. Tyra and Jay explain that their inspiration for the setting and theme of the shoot is the “hapa” or multiracial heritage of the Hawaiian Islands.
This CNN report was broadcast in 2008 as a feature on the Asian American community’s stance to the upcoming Democratic Party Presidential primary elections. The report suggests that the Asian American community, while diverse, was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton. Many of the interviews are conducted with Asians whose English language proficiency is minimal; in another instance, a 4th generation Japanese American man suggests that Japanese Americans would be averse to supporting then-Senator Obama on account of his race.
This brief documentary was produced by filmmaker Byron Hurt in 2008, shortly before Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. It is an exploration through the historical construction of black masculinity in America over time. It compares and contrasts the masculine representations as exemplified by Barack Obama, on one hand, and rapper 50 cent (Curtis James Jackson III) on the other. Ultimately, it pushes the viewer to think of black masculinity in between the extremes.
This video features the voices of a diverse group of 12-year-olds from West Side Collaborative Middle School in New York City talking about their experiences with race, racial identity, and racism. The featured students speak about their backgrounds, families, experiences with discrimination and stereotyping, and the confusion, fears, anxieties, and racial injustices they face in their everyday lives. The video is part of a multimedia project called Being 12: The Year Everything Changes, produced by pubic radio station WNYC.