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Misrepresentations of African Americans in the Movies It seems that the entertainment industry has helped to shape the way that African Americans are viewed by modern day America As a white male who has little or no experience within an actual black family unit I am not sure exactly how accurate media portrayals are However I am fully aware of the stereotypes that often plague the African American race Myths and untruths about the work ethic and sexual ferocity of Black males the unskilled or careless parenting of Black mothers and fathers and the general moral deterioration of the Black family as a whole run rampant in todays films television shows and other forms of media Through real life interactions and experience books and classes and common sense I have put these stereotypes to rest for myself I know that they are not accurate Unfortunately there are many who do fall victim to the stereotypes and there are many more who experience prejudice and pain because of them After watching some movies that are currently popular it seems to me that the majority of current films that are aimed at an African American audience fill and support these negative stereotypes of African Americans When Hollywood pitches an idea for a film it is aimed towards a specific audience Some of these movies are specifically aimed towards African American teens These films usually star African American actors and actresses sometimes popular rap stars and they usually take place in an urban setting I have seen two such comedy movies recently Friday starring Ice Cube and How High starring Method Man and Redman Because these movies star popular rap artists they are meant to attract those artists core audience African American teens However upon viewing these films I was disturbed rather than amused Because of the extremely high number of racial stereotypes that these movies held I could not help but feel that they were meant
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