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  1. Introduction
  2. The mammies
  3. Race movies
  4. Oscar Micheaux
  5. Emergence of independent black films
  6. Black family living successfully
  7. Black history in the film
  8. Halle Berry
  9. Conclusion
  10. Works cited

Stereotypical and demeaning roles were originally created for Blacks in film, since the emergence of the first full length feature film, Birth of a Nation (1913). Blacks did not have power in the motion picture industry when it was originally formed. Films by Black writers, producers, and directors did not exist when films made their entrance into American life in the early 20th century. Audiences and filmgoers were subject to the stereotypical displays of Black roles in film that were created to be shallow and entertaining (Bogle 17). Black characters were not given appreciation in terms of fullness of character or clarity in being. Black characters were not the focus of mainstream films, only an entertaining short. Stereotypical Black characters were created to entertain audiences. Every stereotypical Black character known today was first featured in Birth of a Nation (Bogle 17).

[...] This image implies that the family is of the Black elite, America's Black upper middle class and beyond. The camera follows photos on the wall of Cooper, his beautiful wife and their two children. This film showed a Black family living successfully and financially well off. This film showed a class of Black America that most films do not show. The lives of the Coopers are not stereotypical, but accurate of a part of the Black experience. Most Hollywood films do not cast black actors in roles which have high profile jobs or a nice house in the suburbs, but this film did. [...]

[...] His characters are believable and are considered accurate portrayals of the hip hop generation. Black films have evolved since the first race movies that were made to combat racism seen in mainstream films. Today's Black films that are backed by major studios and Black independent films offer a full range of the culture and people in the Black community. Now more than ever we can see portrayals of Blacks who experience what we experience and go through what we go through on the silver screen. With the [...]

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