Second only to the Super Bowl in audience size and revenue, the Oscars are more than a mere ceremony; they are a phenomenon. Hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for over ninety years, the Oscars have long been considered the pinnacle of fantasy, beauty, romance and high class. It is only recently that movements such as #OscarsSoWhite have raised awareness around the more complicated legacy of the Oscars and African American participation in film.
Join us as we take a look “behind the scenes” at racial patterns for African Americans that have both changed and stayed the same over time. Dr. Frederick Gooding, Jr., associate professor of African American Studies at TCU and Chair of TCU's inaugural Race & Reconciliation Initiative (RRI) will discuss his book, Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, what the Academy Awards Tell Us about African-Americans. Please Join us on Facebook live.