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Week 6 Notes

by: Abi Sommers

Week 6 Notes CTCS 191

Abi Sommers

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Here are the notes from the lecture on 9/28, when we watched Being Mary Jane!
Intro to T.V and Video
Ellen Seiter
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Abi Sommers on Friday September 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CTCS 191 at University of Southern California taught by Ellen Seiter in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 25 views.

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Date Created: 09/30/16
Week 6 9/28 Stereotypes of black women: - Rooted in slavery - Hyersexuality ( negative if not available to white men) or completely non-sexual - Before 2010, no black characters on tv - There for the white character, to support and make them better Being Mary Jane : - Written by Mara Akil - Left Being Mary Jane, joining Lee Daniels (empire) and Shonda Rhimes (Grays Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder) - Difficulty of a showrunner leaving her own show - Works with her husband who is a director - The chance to jump from BET to network - Why is network more valuable than cable? - Broader viewership - The show - Subtle and complex characters - Lingering on details of daily life; preparing in the morning, cleaning up before date arrives - In pilot, slow reveal of her career as tv news person - Inspired by statistics of low marriage rates among women-- turned out to be false - Late 30s early 40s single black career women - Taboo topics/ social conscience - Mental health issues in minority communities - shame/stigma about getting care - Black Sex and the City? - much of the plot concerns her relationships with men but longing for children - But as professional she engages in highly realistic and very informative interview shows - These tackles issues like the huge rates of african american men in prison and the companies profiting from it - The pilot - opening like a romantic soap opera - magic moment where guy says i love you, except puking and turns out to be married - main character ,played by Gabrielle Union - not espeically interesting B.E.T ( Black Entertainment Television) - Challenges of a cable channel based on minority status - What would a white entertainment channel look like? - Similar to problem with latino market - Hugely diverse - BET did lots of merchandising but basically was music videos ( free to programmers) History of stations: - 16-1200 1% - 1970 - 70s FCC tried to level playing field - Encouragement for black owned and operated stations - Caps on how many stations the same company could own - By 1990s totally unravelled - 1995 removed caps on ownership - 1996 took away all regulation 1980 B.E.T Before Cosby; Before Oprah Winfrey - B.E.T very promotional, pro business - Had jazz station, other quality programs, magazines - But went the way of MTV


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