Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans - A Book Talk with Author Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.
Join the African American Museum of Iowa for a book talk with Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. on April 15th, just in time for the 2021 Oscars, scheduled for April 25th!
Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. (PhD, Georgetown University) is an Associate Professor within the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Gooding critically analyzes race within mainstream media, effectively contextualizing problematic patterns based upon their historical roots. As such, Gooding’s best-known work thus far is “You Mean, There’s RACE in My Movie? The Complete Guide to Understanding Race in Mainstream Hollywood,” which has been utilized in high schools and universities nationwide. Also the co-editor of “Stories from the Front of the Room: How Higher Education Faculty Overcome Challenges and Thrive in the Academy,” Gooding has stayed focused on the practical applications of equity with his 2018 book, “American Dream Deferred” carefully detailing the growth and struggles of black federal workers in the postwar era.
His latest work, Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans, expands his reach into cultural studies by analyzing African American Academy Award winners and how their narratives reflect and reinforce larger American history. Rather than merely chronicle Black Academy Award winners, this manuscript offers a critical and complete analysis of the various nominated and winning roles for Black actors since the Academy's inception and thus provides a framework to help readers re-assess not just the quantity, but the quality of Black images over time.