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Black Media Paper

Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.


The Assignment

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Black Media Research Paper (50) - (5-7pgs) – Research topic TBD. The Black Media paper is an argumentative, theory based research paper. You will use APA writing style, peer-reviewed references and class material to write your paper. To complete this assignment you have two options.

  • Compare and contrast media images in general before and after a selected period during the term (Reconstruction, The modern Civil Rights Movement,) or 
  • Use specific films, advertisements, or TV shows (discussed in the course) to a. demonstrate the relationship between media images and the progression of time on Africana media or b. Use specific films screened in class to discuss an Africana media topic (with this option you must have instructor approval for your topic).


Look for "new moments in media (and representation in Media), MADE POSSIBLE by cultural shifts".  (Quoted from Dr. Houston)


What you will need:

  • 5 peer-reviewed sources (at least 5)(book chapters are acceptable)
  • 3 other sources that MUST be three (3) references to the FILMS SCREENED in class. 
  • 5-7 pages
  • APA citation style


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