This volume gathers scholarship from varying disciplinary perspectives to explore media owned or created by members of the African diaspora, examine its relationship with diasporic audiences, and consider its impact on mainstream culture in general. Contributors highlight creations and contributions of people of the African diaspora, the interconnections of Black American and African-centered media, and the experiences of audiences and users across the African diaspora, positioning members of the Black and African Diaspora as subjects of their own narratives, active participants and creators. In so doing, this volume addresses issues of identity, culture, audiences, and global influence.
Table of Contents
Foreword (Catherine Squires) Introduction (Omotayo O. Banjo) Part I: Contributions to Mainstream Media Culture 1. The Early Black Press in Canada (Tokunbo Ojo) 2. Increase Your Faith: The Mainstreaming of Black Televangelism (Mark Ward) 3. Wrestling with Races: When Sitcoms, Families, and Political Struggles Meet (Judy Iskasen) Part II: Owning Images and Narratives 4. (Re) defining Images of African women": A Post-Feminist Critique of the Ghanaian YouTube series "An African City" (Godfried Asante and Rita Daniels) 5. Walking through Wakanda: A Critical Multimodal Analysis of Black Superhero Comic Books (Christopher Brown, Brandon McCasland, Kathryn Paris, and Sachi Sekimoto) Part III: Bridges Across the African Diaspora 6. Stereotyped representations of African cultural values in Black media: A critical analysis (Marquita Marie Gammage and Justin T. Gammage) 7. Nollywood USA: Opportunities and Challenges in Forging a New Pan African Storytelling and Identity (Adedayo Abah) Part IV: Audiences’ Responses and Effects 8. Exploring African Female Immigrants’ Perceptions of their Portrayal in the U.S. Media (Gloria Pindi) 9. Hardly Ever…I Don’t See It: Black Youth Speak about Positive Media Images of Black Men (Valerie N. Adams-Bass and Erin Joann Henrici) 10. For Us only? Examining the Effect of Viewing Context on Black Audiences’ Perceived Influence of Black Entertainment (Omotayo O. Banjo) Part V: Digital Diaspora 11. Social Media and social Justice Movements After the Diminution of Black-owned Media in the United States (Jeffrey Blevins) 12. Science and Identity Construction among Black transnational Virtual Communities (Gado Alzouma) 13. "Prime Time" Geographies: Dancehall Performance, Visual Communication and the Philosophy of Boundarylessness (Sonjah Stanley Niahh)
Omotayo O. Banjo is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati, USA. She focuses on representation and audience responses to racial and cultural media. Her work has been published in Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media and Religion, and Race and Social Problems. She most recently co-edited a volume on the topics of race, ethnicity, and faith called Contemporary Christian Culture: Messages, Missions, and Dilemmas.