Research a television programs (“I Spy”, 1965-1968 Starring Robert Culp & Bill Cosby) and write an essay about how African Americans were portrayed in shows that were broadcast during this era.


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Describe how television helped to shape the image of Black America during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Discuss racial stereotyping.

Then Research “Roots” mini-series from the 1970’s. How was Roots different from “I Spy” in terms of the depiction of Black American popular culture? Give examples.


This paper should be 1-2 pages, in APA style


 Significant breakdown of black stereotypes

-Standards were established for black inclusion in prime time:

– Blacks are acceptable as long as they are teamed with white co-stars and don’t display

Racial heritage.


How different was it from the 1950-1960’s show portraying African American compared to the 1970’s shows portraying African American.  

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