This book offers a critical survey of film and media representations of black masculinity in the early twenty-first-century United States, between President George W. Bush's 2001 announcement of the War on Terror and President Barack Obama's 2009 acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. It argues that images of black masculine authority have become increasingly important to the legitimization of contemporary policing and its leading role in the maintenance of an antiblack social order forged by racial slavery and segregation. It examines a constellation of film and television productions-from Antoine Fuqua's Training Day to John Lee Hancock's The Blind Side to Barry Jenkin's Moonlight-to illuminate the contradictory dynamics at work in attempts to reconcile the promotion of black male patriarchal empowerment and the preservation of gendered antiblackness within political and popular culture.
Jared Sexton teaches African American Studies and Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine, USA. He is author of Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique of Multiracialism.
Preface: The Perfect Slave
Chapter 1. Chaos and Opportunity: On Training Day
Chapter 2. History and Power: On Pride
Chapter 3. Fantasy and Desire: On Friday Night Lights and Coach Carter
Chapter 4. Origins and Beginnings: On The Blind Side
Chapter 5. Comedy and Romance: On Diff'rent Strokes and Webster
Chapter 6. Shadow and Myth: On Stranger Inside and Moonlight