Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama's America by Ellis Cashmore

By Ellis Cashmore

Beyond Black is Ellis Cashmore's compelling appraisal of the impression of black celebrities at the cultural panorama of up to date the US. lately a brand new number of African American famous person has emerged: acquisitive, formidable, flamboyantly profitable and individualistic - extra attracted to channelling their power into occupation improvement than into the political struggles that lively a few of their predecessors. invoice Cosby and Oprah Winfrey have been early examples; present A-listers contain Beyoncé and Tiger Woods.

The most respected product those celebrities promote, in response to Cashmore, is a selected notion of the US: as a country the place racism has been - if now not banished - rendered insignificant. Jargon-free yet with scholarly recognition to concept, facts and common sense, this can be a riveting account of latest American society, from the minstrel exhibits of the 19th century, throughout the Hollywood movie of the Thirties, to modern hip-hop culture.

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