If you spend a lot of time on the web like I do (specifically on video sharing sites like YouTube), you’ve likely come across videos like this – a TV report from 1981, titled "Racial Stereotyping: Inside & Out."
Nothing particularly new here. But I like sharing *artifacts* like this, if only to remind us of just how little has changed in over 30 long years, when it comes to the variety in depictions of black people on film and TV, as well as available opportunities for black actors! In fact, some would argue that we’re actually worse off!
In essence, conversations we have here on Shadow And Act regarding limited representation are conversations that black folks have been having for decades.
The report also serves as a trip down memory and even an education, as a list of short-lived TV series with black leads you’ve likely never heard about, are discussed.
Watch below in 2 parts…