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Academy Awards 2012:  Putting Blackface in Context

Academy Awards 2012: Putting Blackface in Context

The New York Times reports that at the 2012 Academy Awards, someone made a racial joke that was “in questionable taste.” That would be comedian and presenter Chris Rock, who cracked a joke about roles available to black men in animation: “I love animation because in the world of animation, you can be anything you want to be. If you’re a fat woman you can play a skinny prin...
Where’s the Diversity in “21 Jump Street” Film?

Where’s the Diversity in “21 Jump Street” Film?

It’s 2011 and Hollywood is reviving popular franchises from 20 years ago, including 21 Jump Street. In the 1987 television series21 Jump Street, a unit of youthful-looking cops worked undercover in schools and colleges to fight crime. Vietnamese American actor Dustin Nguyen (Officer Harry Truman “H.T.” Ioki) and African American actors Holly Robinson Peete (Officer Judith ̶...

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