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Uplifting The Black Race - only males need apply : Black male militancy in Malcom X, Panther, Boyz n' the hood, and Get on the bus

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Uplifting The Black Race - only males need apply : Black male militancy in Malcom X, Panther, Boyz n' the hood, and Get on the bus

Cheryl., Dabreo-Ramharack (1998) Uplifting The Black Race - only males need apply : Black male militancy in Malcom X, Panther, Boyz n' the hood, and Get on the bus. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis examines Malcolm X, Panther, Boyz N' The Hood and Get On The Bus, and reveals that a deliberate attempt is made on the part of these narratives to construct a specific black identity in relation to black activism. These films position black males in a space which allows them to directly affect issues regarding black identity, political activism, the black community, and the nation. Furthermore, Malcolm X, Panther, Boyz and Get On The Bus specifically address young black males, and favor a discourse that is from a particular male standpoint. As a result, the films articulate black manhood through militancy and its subsequent sexual appeal. Since the focus of these films is intentionally on the male characters, the black woman's role in the liberation struggle is portrayed as being of little consequence. This is not to say that the narratives do not make an effort to confront and challenge narrow visions of black masculinity. In essence, black women are included, even if it is through their mere "visibility." However, each film promotes a discourse which reiterates that the black liberation struggle and uplift of the race as a whole is dependant on black men. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Cheryl., Dabreo-Ramharack
Pagination:vi, 107 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Communication Studies
Date:1998
Thesis Supervisor(s):Nadeau, Chantal
ID Code:652
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:13
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:15
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