African American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy
Situating Racial Humor
Published February 1st 2000 by Routledge – 384 pages
Providing new insight into key debates over race and representation in the media, this ethnographic study explores the ways in which African Americans have been depicted in Black situation comedies-from 1950's Beulah to contemporary series like Martin and Living Single.
"For those who are interested in this area of race and media the book offers substantial information and documentation about the development of black television sitcoms and the kind of potential readings that take place among African American viewers." -- Venise Berry, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Robin R. Means Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Media Ecology in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University.