by Nelson George

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Benjamin Segedin
Music critic, novelist, and filmmaker George offers a personal survey of African Americans' image on the silver screen. Among his early film-going experiences, he recalls admiring the poise of Sean Connery as 007; "cool wasn't limited to black men," he thought. Watching "Planet of the Apes", he cheered for the apes, and he was in awe of the regal Sidney Poitier. Yet, he points out, blacks remained underrepresented in films. The 1970s introduced blaxploitation, most notably Melvin Van Peebles' unrepentantly angry "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song", the success of which made studios aware of a large African American audience. In the mid-1980s, George met young independent filmmaker Spike Lee and invested a few thousand dollars he'd earned from a Michael Jackson bio in Lee's groundbreaker, "She's Gotta Have It". Around this time George himself got into the biz and eventually coproduced the box-office bomb "CB4". By his admission, "more a memoir than a critique," George's account is filled with keen observations and sharp analyses of the development of black cinema. But the part about making "CB4" is far too long.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
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6.49(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.93(d)

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