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  1. 1. The "Art" of Blackfacing By: Sasha Strother Professor William Hart MCM 510 11/14/09
  2. 2. What is Blackfacing? <ul><li>&quot;Blackfacing&quot; is a tactic used in media to portray a certain culture (African Americans) in a disrespectful manner by using stereotypical acts and painting the face black to entertain. </li></ul><ul><li>The individuals who act the part are not normally of the culture portrayed. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Characteristics <ul><li>There is a list of characteristics people of the African decent are claimed to have. Some of them include: </li></ul><ul><li>continuous conflict, poor speech, dishonesty, criminal behavior and having simple minds. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Repetition of Time <ul><li>Although there was a rise in Black culture for a short period of time (during the 70's), there was repetition in the late 70's, early 80's where time did repeat itself. It was a era in entertainment coined the phrase &quot;Blaxploitation.&quot; </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples <ul><li>Some examples that are movies that exploit the African/ African American culture: </li></ul><ul><li>The Wedding of a Coon (1905) </li></ul><ul><li>A Birth of a Nation (1915) </li></ul><ul><li>Foxy Brown (1974) </li></ul><ul><li>Transformers (2009) </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Truth <ul><li>The truth about &quot;Blackfacing&quot; and &quot;Blaxploitation&quot; is that although we look at the matter as a thing of the past, it is truly a matter of today. As long as the audience continues to watch and producers continue to create without the audience in mind, this stereotype will never cease. </li></ul>