A History of Black Stereotypes Onscreen

Published on November 8, 2021



Get a full month of MUBI FOR FREE: https://mubi.com/thetake (With the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union) | The grotesque racist caricatures that were used to justify slavery and the systemic mistreatment of black people found their way into our earliest blockbuster movies, and they remained popular onscreen for decades. In large part, this is because—while black characters have always been a part of American films—black filmmakers and performers tended to be excluded from their creation. If we look closer, many caricatures like the Mammy, Uncle Tom, Sapphire, Jezebel, and Magical Negro have persevered, in some form, to this day across our modern films and TV. Here’s our Take on the history of black stereotypes on screen and how they still influence our society—more than you might think. If you like this video, subscribe to our channel or support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thetake

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The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Bamboozled (2000)
A Tough Winter (1930)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Song of the South (1946)
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Dear White People (2017-)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Show Boat (1936)
Django Unchained (2012)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
The Real Housewives of Atlanta (2008-)
Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Made for Each Other (1939)
Judge Priest (1934)
Imitation of Life (1934)
Beulah (1950-1953)
Mandingo (1975)
Mad Men (2007-2015)
The Help (2011)
High School Musical 2 (2007)
Tall Girl (2019)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Suits (2011-2019)
Person of Interest (2011-2016)
The Walking Dead (2010-)
Grey’s Anatomy (2005-)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1987)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1903)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1910)
Follow Your Heart (1936)
The Little Colonel (1935)
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Edge of the City (1957)
A Patch of Blue (1965)
The Green Mile (1999)
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
The Shining (1980)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
The Matrix (1999)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Riverdale (2017-)
Little Fires Everywhere (2020)
Gimme a Break! (1981-1987)
Bringing Down the House (2003)
David Harum (1934)
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
30 Rock (2006-2013)
Shrek (2001)
Dumbo (1941)
The Jungle Book (1967)
GLOW (2017-)
Precious (2009)
The Amos ‘n Andy Show (1951-1953)
Family Guy (1999-)
Empire (2015-)
Glee (2009-2015)
Sanford and Son (1972-1977)
MADtv (1995-2016)
Hannah Montana (2006-2011)
Young & Hungry (2014-2018)
Everybody Hates Chris (2005-2009)
Martin (1992-1997)
Clueless (1995)
Coffy (1973)
Foxy Brown (1974)
Candyman (1992)
King Kong (1933)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
Black-ish (2014-)
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Insecure (2016-)
Get Out (2017)
Atlanta (2016-)
Being Mary Jane (2013-2019)
The Leftovers (2014-2017)
Love & Hip Hop: Miami (2018-)
Moonlight (2016)
Dope (2015)
Yes Sir, Mr. Bones (1951)
Little Black Sambo (1935)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (2015-)
Two Too Young (1936)
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Hate U Give (2018)
The Colored Museum (1991)
Cutter (1972)

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