In 2015, amid growing visibility and media coverage of cases involving police brutality against African-Americans, the New York Times created a documentary titled, “A Conversation About Growing Up Black.” In this five-minute film, nine boys and men from the ages of ten to twenty-five are asked candid questions about their experiences as African-American males.
In Febuary 2015, Upworthy published a video that brought together actors of color to describe their experiences at auditions for the U.S. entertainment industry. The actors recount being told by casting directors to act in a stereotypical fashion and being typecasted based on their race and ethnicity. The clip uses personal stories to challenge accusations that the film industry is too Eurocentric and therefore, leaves few roles for actors of color to audition for. The clip cites various studies supporting the use of diverse casts stating that nearly 70% of casting calls prefer white actors, that films with relatively diverse casts excel at the box office and in returns on investment, and that television shows reflecting the nation’s diversity excel in ratings. So with potential for better ratings and better returns, the video asks viewers, “What’s the new excuse?” Upworthy is a website for viral content that promotes progressive stories tackling political and social issues.
This is a print ad for a new Adidas basketball shoe. Adidas, which is based in Germany, is the second-largest sportswear manufacturer in the world and has been producing basketball sneakers in America since the 1960s. The advertisement portrays an African American male in athletic gear crouched on an outdoor basketball court, with his inner monologue printed in graffiti-inspired typeface just beneath.
In this 1940 episode of Looney Tunes, Porky Pig, who is working for the French Foreign Legion, gets a secret message that “Ali-Baba and his Dirty Sleeves” are going to attack the desert fort. Porky and his camel are left alone to defend the fort against Ali-Babi and his attackers, and a series of typical Looney Tunes gags ensue.
This video, produced by the Los Angeles Times in 2016, discusses the experiences of Muslim women in America who wear hijabs. Hijabs are headscarves worn by Muslim women. The women speak about the various personal and religious reasons one may choose to wear a hijab. The women also address the stigma surrounding their religion. One of the women recounts her family feeling worried after the 2015 San Bernardino attack, believing that her hijab would make her a target for discrimination. While the hijabs make the women targets for anti-Muslim remarks, they assert that wearing the hijab is a form of their self-expression.