Questions are based on our supplemental reading (on D2L).
What is the definition of a stereotype?
Stereotypes aren't limited solely to race and ethnicity, of course. What other groups are stereotyped onscreen, and how are they stereotyped (i.e., characteristics, actions, etc.)?
What is a minstrel show?
Are there any films or TV shows today that employ minstrelsy and/or black-, brown-, or yellowface?
How does the Civil Rights movement affect Hollywood's onscreen depiction of African Americans?
Who was the African American actor that helped to break racial barriers in mainstream Hollywood films? What kinds of films did he star in? How was/is he received?
What do you learn about the film Lethal Weapon (1987) and America's longstanding history of pairing a white man with a man of another race? What films have you seen in the last 10 years that continue this tradition? Or has Hollywood given up on this pairing?
What are blaxploitation films? And how do they differ from films you learned about above?
What changes have occurred over the last few decades (1980s and '90s in particular) with regard to the representations of African Americans in film?
Can you list any of the directors who prompted these changes?
How do films made by white directors and those like Boyz N the Hood, which are made by members of racial minorities, differ?
How do the representations of African Americans in Boyz differ from those of classical Hollywood cinema?
Are whites represented in Boyz? If so, how? Conventionally? As Spike Lee represents them in Do the Right Thing, for example?
Finally, how does the climax of Boyz avoid narrative temptations common to classical Hollywood films?