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Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama's America

Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama's America

by Ellis Cashmore
     
 

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Beyond Black is Ellis Cashmore's compelling appraisal of the impact of black celebrities on the cultural landscape of contemporary America. In recent years a new variety of African American celebrity has emerged: acquisitive, ambitious, flamboyantly successful and individualistic - more interested in channelling their energy into career development than into

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Beyond Black is Ellis Cashmore's compelling appraisal of the impact of black celebrities on the cultural landscape of contemporary America. In recent years a new variety of African American celebrity has emerged: acquisitive, ambitious, flamboyantly successful and individualistic - more interested in channelling their energy into career development than into the political struggles that animated some of their predecessors. Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey were early examples; current A-listers include Halle Berry and Tiger Woods.

The most valuable product these celebrities sell, according to Cashmore, is a particular conception of America: as a nation where racism has been - if not banished - rendered insignificant. Jargon-free but with scholarly attention to theory, evidence and logic, this is a riveting account of contemporary American society, from the minstrel shows of the nineteenth century, through the Hollywood film industry of the 1930s, to today's hip-hop culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780931494
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/27/2012
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Ellis Cashmore is Professor of Culture, Media and Sport at Staffordshire University, UK

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