GDW EVENT ALERT: Rare Public Appearance by Philly's Own Donald Bogle - Tuesday June 20, at African American Museum

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

This is an auspicious occasion indeed.  Not only is Don Bogle a personal hero of mine, a Lincoln University Alum, but also a famous author, critic and speaker.  He put Black actors and actresses on the map with his first definitive examination of stereotypes of Black in cinema in a book entitled: 

Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in 

American Films.  The book was first published in 1973 - right in the middle of the 

Black PowerEra - and he nailed it.  It was the beginning of Blaxploitation movies, when 

we were doingall sorts of shenanigans - in the name of "Blackness," not 

realizing that in many ways wewere developing a new stereotype and confirming

 an old one as well.

Alums and friends, please represent LU 
at this book signing for Donald Bogle '66!

Every once in a while Don will resurface with yet another mind-blowing tome, evidence of his depth of thought, research and love for Black people.  Only Don Bogle, consummate research writer that he is, could bring together the complexities and similarities that existed between Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, and formulate it into a compelling story.

But I would be more interested in what he makes of the current phenomena playing out on our TV shows in real time as we watch some of the most toxic relationships portrayed using the visages of some of our most talented and revered Black artists.  
Make it your business to come out and check out this wonderful Brother's work - it will have a profound effect on how you view the world of cinema and entertainment. 

Stay Blessed & 



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