How does the author of "Eddie Murphy: Incredible Shrinking Comic" seem to feel about Murphy?
What do you learn of Murphy's backstory? How does it compare to the other comedians we've considered this term?
Does the profile locate overriding themes present throughout Murphy's work?
What was happening in society and in the industry during the late 1970s and 1980s that would lead to black actors' being devalued onscreen?
What does Ed Guerrero mean by the cinema of recuperation, "crossover" appeal, neominstrelsy, and strategies of containment (aka. "racial looking relations")? (If you're not familiar with minstrelsy, you might skim this PBS site.)
Your thoughts on Guerrero's reading of race in Rocky, Star Wars, and/or The Blues Brothers?
What do you think it was about Eddie Murphy that "guaranteed his position as one of the 1980s top box-office commodities"? Why was/is he so popular with white and black audiences? Be sure to cite examples from Beverly Hills Cop (1984) to support your response.