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The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry

12
September
Book Talk

Speaker

Maryann Erigha

5:30 pm

University Bookstore
3601 Walnut St.

In The Hollywood Jim Crow, Maryann Erigha tells the story of inequality, looking at the practices and biases that limit the production and circulation of movies directed by racial minorities. She examines over 1,300 contemporary films, specifically focusing on directors, to show the key elements at work in maintaining “the Hollywood Jim Crow.” Unlike the Jim Crow era where ideas about innate racial inferiority and superiority were the grounds for segregation, Hollywood’s version tries to use economic and cultural explanations to justify the underrepresentation and stigmatization of Black filmmakers.

Maryann Erigha is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Georgia.

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