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  • Racial Stereotyping And Racism In The Cosby Show

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    racial stereotyping and racism still exist in America. The Cosby Show seeked to change racial stereotyping in television by portraying an upper-middle class African American family. The Cosby Show attempted to break barriers for African Americans in television and did so by paving the way for other major African American based sitcoms. “The End of Post-Identity

  • Two Comedic Television Families, The Cosby Show and Rosanne

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    American families depicted in television comedy shows outwardly appear as stereotypical characters. Extreme contrasting types are used to exaggerate real life: wealthy or poor, urban or rural, and sophisticated or naïve. This is not only for entertainment value, it seems: the characteristics of these families can represent the diversity within the families across our nation. As a show develops it can reach out to the audience by touching on more realistic values. A demonstration of how a television

  • Socially Constructed Stereotypes in All in the Family, The Jefferson’s and The Cosby Show.

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    internalized by witnesses who render opposing viewpoints. This analysis will compare the depiction and rejection of socially constructed stereotypes relative to race and ethnicity in three situation comedies: All in the Family, The Jefferson’s and The Cosby Show. Norman Lear, a political and social activist, teamed up with Bud Yorkin and formed Tandem Productions which developed and produced the sitcoms All in the Family and The Jefferson’s, among others. All in the Family (1971 to 1979) and The Jefferson’s

  • Fighting Charges of Assimilation in Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and The Cosby Show

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    Fighting Charges of Assimilation in Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and The Cosby Show The critical reception of The Cosby Show, an enormously popular television sitcom in the 1980's, roughly paralleled that of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry's highly acclaimed play of the 1950's. Both the television series and the play helped change the way Blacks are portrayed in the entertainment media. But despite being initially greeted with critical praise, both subsequently fell under heavy

  • Impact Of The Cosby Show

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    Burks 11 Shadress Burks 20 March 2014 The Cosby Show and its impact on the Black Community I. Introduction For years various images of African Americans and their way of life has been displayed throughout the many outlets of the media. From music to dance, art to acting whether negative or positive, our way of life has been touched upon and broadcasted across the world. Although, some stereotypical and some bearing absolute truth; it has help shape the way other ethnicities view us. From the early

  • the cosby

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    The Cosby Show is a sitcom about a black family in New York which aired on television from 1984 to 1992 (IMDB). It was also “the most consistent and highest-rated prime-time television program of the 1980’s” (Grey, 39). While similar to its predecessor Amos ‘n Andy with its predominately black cast, The Cosby Show was unlike any other black show on television because it displayed a successful black family; the 'Huxtables'. In this upper middle-class household both of the parents worked. The father

  • Cultural Media Watch

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    over generalized prejudice which exists in mainstream media culture. Then, of only slightly less distress, would be the willingness of society to accept such demeaning norms. However, within the ‘high definition’ world of television, some prime-time shows are shattering overused typecasting. Although, some are not, also. For instance, one such common immoral stigma would be that only men of European heritage may hold positions of authority; at home and more importantly, in an office. Furthermore, African

  • What Exactly is the Typical American Family

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    peace and tranquility of their suburban homes with their families. This father served roles as provider, authoritarian, and wise counselor for his wife and children, much like the father, Ward Cleaver, played by Hugh Beaumont, on the 50's television show “Leave It To Beaver”. These roles would change somewhat over the next 60 years or so. Television sitcoms have reflected the changing roles of the American father as the provider, authoritarian, and counselor over the last 60 years. For example, the

  • The Impact of African-American Sitcoms on America's Culture

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    The Jefferson’s in the 1970s to The Cosby Show (1984) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the 1990s, sitcoms featuring black casts and characters have always been controversial. However, their significance upon our American culture cannot be disregarded. During the 1950s and 1960s, 97% of the families were Caucasian. In the first five years of the 1990s, nearly 14% of the television families were African-American (Bryant 2001). These statistics obviously show the substantial impact our American

  • AfricanAmerican Representation in the Media

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    Readers, she discusses the way in which black women create meaning out of the mainstream text of the film The Color Purple. In Leslie B. Innis and Joe R. Feagin's article, The Cosby Show: The View From the Black Middle Class, they are examining black middle-class responses to the portrayal of black family life on The Cosby Show. In their respective articles, Bobo, and Innis and Feagin are investigating the representation of race, particularly African American race, in the mass media. The chief concerns