The withdrawal from the stereotype allowed the evolution into a different black male. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s there were a plethora of African American television series to prosper. The popularity of these sitcoms allowed black men to become stereotyped again. “Good Times”, “The Bill Cosby Show”, “That’s My Mama”, “What’s Happening?” and others showcased a new image of black masculinity. The new image of black masculinity showcased how black men were family men who worked and provided for their family. In addition, black masculinity was shown by showing feelings and genuinely caring and loving for others. This changed the image of masculinity because the men who deviate from the image of the black man would face discrimination. These television sitcoms also lead to sexual stereotyping. Sexual stereotyping begins early in life, and it helps boys and young men learn what it means to be a man. It is evident that media has a vital role in the formation and evolution of black masculinity and its image.
As hip hop became more and more prevalent in society, black masculinity began to change again. With the evolution of hi...
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...osexuality have all helped shape and form the evolution of black masculinity. The media has the largest effect on forming the evolution of black masculinity because it is viewed by more people. The popularity of media is why black masculinity is forever changing. Sports have also impacted the evolution of black masculinity, by creating standards of a stereotypical black male. Sexual stereotyping also plays a role in the sports and the evolution of black masculinity, because young boys aspire to be like the people they admire. Sports and hyper-masculine males encounter the challenges of homosexuality and its pivotal role. In sports homosexuality can cause aggression, thus leading to even more homophobic and hyper-masculine black males. The evolution of black masculinity will always change as long as media, sports, and homosexuality are present and admired in society.
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