Episode 69: Black Film and Television w/ Adrien Sebro

Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed huge strides in the representation of African Americans in television and film. With the success of movies and shows such as Black Panther, Us, Blackish, and Insecure, some might argue that we are in the midst of a black media renaissance. Today, we discuss the history and current state of black television and media with Adrien Sebro, a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. After learning more about Adrien (32:50) and his journey to pursuing a Ph.D. (35:57), we discuss the politics of black representation in the media (41:15), his research on representation in black sitcoms of the 1970s (43:09), and advocacy among black comedic actors (44:57). Additionally, we have a conversation about how black media representation has changed over time (59:07), the current state of black film and television (1:06:24), and the cultural significance of 1970s sitcoms in developing positive portrayals of African Americans in the media (1:16:07).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne

03:45 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

31:38 - Introduction of the Topic

48:30 - What happened to John Amos on Good Times?

52:05 - Learn more about Adrien’s research process

1:25:25 - Ty and Daphne reflect on the interview


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