Media tagged African American

Black. White.

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This reality show was featured on the FX network in 2006. The plot involvesa black family and a white family trading places (and race) through the use of heavy makeup. The idea is that they will have a chance to experience the day-to-day life of a person of another race. The show was produced by Ice Cube and RJ Cutler. Ultimately, the “reality” show was based on a false premise, as the white family was actually composed of professional actors. Black. White. received mixed reviews, as many believed that on makeup was hardly all it took for one to truly understand what life is like living as a person of a different race.

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Black Women Run Hollywood

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Black Women Run Hollywood is a satirical video posted June 22, 2014 on Youtube, which ridicules racial inequality in the entertainment industry by ironically depicting power as being concentrated in a group of black women despite real world concerns about the lack of diversity in films and systemic discrimination in the entertainment industry. In the video, an African-American actress is taken to a secret underground lair to learn the truth behind Hollywood’s leaders. Actresses Meagan Good, Alfre Woodard, Retta, and Loretta Devine attempt to recruit Jurnee Smollett into their “secret society.” Before Journee agrees to join, the ringleaders of the group ask questions that establish the reasons behind their organization’s existence: Have you ever wondered why black women play such minor roles in movies? Or why black women are not directors or producers?

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Boost Mobile Ad

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This is an ad from Boost Mobile, a large telecommunications company. A young African American male holding a basketball in one hand is texting on his phone in the other hand. The slogan for the company is “Where you at?” a vernacular phrase originating in African American communities long before it was adopted by Boost. Boost has aggressively targeted urban minorities in the US, using urban slang in its advertising and featuring celebrities such as Fat Joe, Kanye West and Ludacris to endorse its product.

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Burger King-My Way

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This black and white Burger King print ad features the face of an African American man with braids. His expression could be considered tough or aggressive, as he is stares down the camera. The blurb on the bottom of the ad speaks to the man’s philosophy, in which he talks about his “customized ride” and, working from Burger King's slogan, how he will not have his burger any other way than his own way.

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Chappelle Show- Racial Draft

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This 2004 satirical clip from the Chappelle Show begins with a discussion of arguments related to multiracial identity. "We have got to start arguing about who is what,” Chappelle says. “We need to settle this once and for all. We need to have a draft." Following the style of a draft for the NFL or NBA, one by one a representative from different racial and ethnic groups comes to the podium, selecting famous athletes, entertainers and other prominent social figures to “officially” be a part of their racial group. Among the picks, Tiger Woods is claimed by African Americans, Lenny Kravitz by Jews, and the Wu Tang Clan by the Asian delegation.

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