Black TV

Five Decades of Groundbreaking Television from Soul Train to Black-ish and Beyond
by Bethonie Butler

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With iconic imagery and engrossing text, Black TV is the first book of its kind to celebrate the groundbreaking, influential, and often under-appreciated shows centered on Black people and their experiences from the last fifty years.
Over the past decade, television has seen an explosion of acclaimed and influential debut...
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Published By Black Dog & Leventhal

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 288

Publication Date 12/05/2023

ISBN 9780762481514

Dimensions 7.45 inches x 9.3 inches

"Washington Post pop culture writer Bethonie Butler is less interested in narrating how Black TV changed America (which it did) than in telling stories that 'center Black people and their experiences, without tethering those experiences to the white people in their midst.'"

— The Washington Post

"Butler looks back on television shows hosted by or starring Black entertainers in this amply detailed book...readers who fondly remember watching programs such as In Living Color and Everybody Hates Chris will especially enjoy this."

— Library Journal

"An intelligent, valuable resource...thoughtful book looks at how Black people have been portrayed on the small screen and how those depictions have both changed with and influenced the times."

— The Washington Independent Review of Books