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.
Omotayo O. Banjo
Part I: Contributions to Mainstream Media Culture
1. The Early Black Press in Canada
2. Increase Your Faith: The Mainstreaming of Black Televangelism
3. Wrestling with Races: When Sitcoms, Families, and Political Struggles Meet
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
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
Part IV: Audiences’ Responses and Effects
8. Exploring African Female Immigrants’ Perceptions of their Portrayal in the U.S. Media
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
12. Science and Identity Construction among Black transnational Virtual Communities
13. "Prime Time" Geographies: Dancehall Performance, Visual Communication and the Philosophy of Boundarylessness
Sonjah Stanley Niahh
Today, media consumption, production and circulation are more globally connected at the interpersonal, organizational, and geopolitical level than ever before. Greater numbers of media forms exist, representing a notable diversity in form and function, use, and reception. Yesterday’s passive media consumers are increasingly more active media producers.
These transformations in media are significant, and become all the more provocative and important when recognizing that race is shaped in and through media. This series publishes scholarship at the cutting edge of race and media with an aim not only to reflect current research, but to reshape and define future research at their intersection. Books in the series work to develop a greater understanding of how the mediated experiences of racialized beings will continue to transform human experience and relations in every aspect of daily life.