Drums in the Global Village: Toward an Ideological History of Black Media

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Thesis research directed by College of Journalism. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Maryland, College Park, 2001. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 244-259).

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... Indeed, while an interesting historical scholarly literature has accumulated on black American radio-see, for example, Barlow 1999, Burroughs 2001, Williams 1998-and a pair of recent films focus on the life of famous 1960s-80s Washington, DC, DJ Petey Greene, that accounting thins out as we approach the 1990s and into the present. 8 This attenuation of interest is no coincidence: It occurred during the period in which rap and hip-hop arose and institutionalized themselves in U.S.-and global-popular musical culture, the same period in which media and scholarly attention became intensely focused on this (originally) black-diasporic American youth phenomenon. ...
President Obama's 2008 electoral triumph garnered enormous journalistic and scholarly attention, but analysts have shown very little interest in African American media coverage of the campaign. In this piece, I focus on one major, nearly ignored, black media outlet: a syndicated radio show with a huge audience, commercial success, and progressive politics. I analyze the show's construction of a powerful mediatized black counterpublic, consider its rise parallel to the neoliberal deregulation of U.S. media, and narrate its coverage of the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. I also consider the political effects of a new cross‐media platform synergy among black and progressive outlets.
... Insofar as a small handful of scholars and journalists have noted the TJMS and its politics, they have tended to define those politics as black nationalist (See Burroughs 2001, p. 215, Brooks & Daniels 2002, Harris-Lacewell 2004, pp. 241Á 43, Curtis 2005 3). ...
Black public-affairs television programming in New York City between 1967 and 1968 happened because of a convergence of several factors. They include (a) the upheavals in urban America between 1964 and 1967, (b) the release of the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (a.k.a., the Kerner Commission report) and (c) the assassination of Martin Luther King, the latter two both within months of each other in 1968. Other equally important factors include the organic development of Black American-owned and Black American-oriented media—newspapers and radio outlets buttressed and informed by more than a century of Black Left/Nationalist/Pan-Africanist/integrationist intellectual thought and African-centered/Afrocentric ideology. Using and critiquing the emerging scholarship on such programming, a brief historical review of the creation and development of 4== such shows in 1967 and 1968—WABC-TV's Like It Is, WNEW-TV's Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant, and National Educational Television's two locally produced (but nationally broadcast) programs, Black Journal and Soul!—shows that these programs sought to correct the Kerner Commission's critique that the American mass media show “a White man's world” by attempting to show, for the first time, a Black world to large mainstream broadcast markets.
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