This special dossier for Film Quarterly comprises a selection of essays that share the central idea that the work ahead for scholars in the current moment must be to appreciate what has been an ever-increasing complication of the idea of black film and media over the last ten years. This dossier considers significant trends, film and media objects, and clusters of work related to issues of blackness and questions of aesthetics, historiography, industrial practice, collectivity, politics, and culture. It is compelled by a shared belief that requires scholars to remain open to contemporary and future enactments while at the same time recognizing the momentum of the past.
Racquel Gates is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Culture at College of Staten Island, CUNY. Her research focuses on blackness and popular culture, with special attention to discourses of taste and quality. She has published in Film Quarterly, Television & New Media, and the anthologies Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and Saturday Night Live and American TV (Indiana University Press, 2013). Her book, Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture, is forthcoming from Duke University Press.
Michael B. Gillespie is Associate Professor of Film at City College of New York, CUNY. His research and writing focuses on film theory, black visual and expressive culture, popular music, and contemporary art. He has published extensively and is the author of Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film (Duke University Press, 2016).
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Racquel Gates, Michael Boyce Gillespie; An Introduction. Film Quarterly 1 December 2017; 71 (2): 9–11. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2017.71.2.9
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