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Whitewashing Diverse Voices: (De)Constructing Race and Ethnicity in Spanish-Language Television Dubbing Laurena Bernabo

Abstract: When television programs are translated for global audiences, languages are changed, but so too are constructions of diverse identities. Characters who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) undergo transformations in order to be intelligible outside of their original national contexts; such transformations might reinforce these characters’ difference or eliminate it, effectively whitewashing […]

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Baansi ni Yila: A critical history of the music industry in Northern Ghana Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: This study examines the intricacies of the expanding music industry in Northern Ghana, centering the perspectives of artistes. We examine how artistes create and produce music, how they market and promote the music and their images, and also the nature and art of their performances and the scope of their export beyond Tamale. The […]

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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series Booker T. Mattison

Booker T. Mattison gave a screenwriting workshop for the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series, the first Academy Award qualifying festival for narrative shorts about women of color.

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Short film “Bird” Booker T. Mattison

Booker T. Mattison’s short film “Bird” is streaming on LG/CY of a People (Legacy of a People) a venture from actor and producer Tim Reid (Sister Sister, WKRP in Cincinnati).

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Ungubani (Who Are You?) Booker T. Mattison and Garland McLaurin

Booker T. Mattison’s with Garland McLaurin (Cinematography) film Ungubani (Who Are You?) started streaming on the Urban Movie Channel in January.

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Decolonizing African Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: African Media Studies which is marginalized in the Global North academy lacks not only representation from African students/scholars but is also under-theorized. Employing a decolonial approach, this article presents a critical analysis of African Media Studies from the perspective of a recent PhD graduate and early career scholar. Using what I call an African […]

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Defiance Award from the Morton Theatre Corporation Booker T. Mattison

Booker T. Mattison was given the Defiance Award from the Morton Theatre Corporation.

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Magic Swords: The Queer Erotics of Muscled Warriors in 1980s Kids Programming Taylor Cole Miller

Abstract: The 1980s featured a niche slate of syndicated shows prizing nostalgia, sex, consumerism, and camp–and often in children’s programming! First-run syndication in this era was rife with the queer erotics of characters, featuring rippling muscled toons like He-Man and Masters of the Universe, The Transformers, and ThunderCats alongside the spandex-clad American Gladiators and the […]

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Whitewashing diverse voices: (De)constructing race and ethnicity in Spanish-language television dubbing Laurena Bernabo

Abstract: When television programs are translated for global audiences, languages are changed, but so too are constructions of diverse identities. Characters who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) undergo transformations in order to be intelligible outside of their original national contexts; such transformations might reinforce these characters’ difference or eliminate it, effectively whitewashing […]

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Letters to Mr. Rogers: Historicizing Critical Audience Studies in Broadcasting Taylor Cole Miller

Abstract: With the Peabody Awards’ mission to honor “stories that matter,” producers often include evidence of cultural successes with audiences in submissions. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood demonstrated the value of its fan engagement with a very different kind of package in 1984: a notebook of letters from parents of or children with disabilities. Using letters to […]

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