By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
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.