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How Cosby Show Changed The portrayal of The African- American Family

Introduction

The Cosby show is a prime-time Television mainstay of the 1980s, which worked to portray African American families in a more different way than the preceding years (Poussaint, 2008). The Cosby Show portrayed an African American family as a more educated and very affluent family that shouldn’t undergo stereotype.  The Cosby Show is a type of show that recognised the African Americans effort and tied them to the fifth racists as well as stereotype imposed to them. This paper seeks to discuss all differences between how the African American Families were portrayed in years preceding the Cosby Show and the years following it.

The Years preceding The Cosby Show and After The Show Began

The years preceding the Cosby show revealed that any African, who attempted to do something better than average was similar to attempting to force elephant teeth with tweezers as reported by some screenwriters and the creators of the Good Times (Alley-Young, & Coleman, 2004). It implied that it was very difficult for African to do something that could easily be noticed as they were not given the chance to express their ideas like their fellow whites. There was a high level of stereotype and no black could afford to do such a stereotypical stuff which was perpetuated by the white writers. The black culture could only be represented by a person’s hair and not through his voice as it was just more than a creative fight to do that (Alley-Young, & Coleman, 2004). The blacks tried to ensure that the world raised their real culture, but their efforts were all in vain as they did not get what they desired in return. The African American families underwent a lot of struggle during the preceding times before the Cosby show was introduced.  Things were much different when the Cosby show got introduced, as the African American had a chance of expressing themselves in the media where the world could see them. They were hired as reporters that could collect information from different parts of the globe and represent it to the nation in the media (Alley-Young & Coleman, 2004).

The times preceding the Cosby show were behind the scene battle that aimed at keeping the negative stereotypes out of the African American lives. Raw and controversial subject were put on the screen whereby; the plotlines examined in urban life through a lot of humour were pathetic. Things were different when the Cosby Show was established as multi-dimensional perspective of African Americans started to come to fruition on the screen, an act that never used to take place in the olden days. An African American named Diahann Carrol led the pack of a widowed medical attendant in Julia and a comedian named Redd Foxx was established which gave all African American children opportunity to participate accordingly (Culbertson, 2012).

In the preceding years before Cosby Show, African Americans had roles that were limited to gangsters, pimps, buffoons, and drug dealers whenever a movie was acted. On the other hand, it was different as the Cosby Show, aided in building an evolution of African- American representatives who appeared on the television. The Cosby Show brought the base of hip-bounce era’s dismay with the point of serving a political capacity of redirecting consideration from the cruel substances that existed in the minds of many and positively model the black family (Poussaint, 2006). The show ensured that the Regan-era attacks which talked more about social policies were enacted to help in addressing the social inequalities which the show worked to obscure. In the preceding years of the Cosby Show, there was a lot of criticism that existed to the blacks by the white men.

Years after the Cosby show began there was creative endeavours and the shows’ positive motive made it be ranked the fifth in the county (Poussaint, 2006). The Cosby Show conducted a program that dealt with most of the issues, including ear piercing, getting the African American children to eat vegetables and teach them how they ought to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  The show has had instructions for life filled with a lot of love for them to understand their value like their fellow colleagues. Years after the show began ensured that viewers could never mix up the Huxtable’s for the Brady Bunch like it used to happen in then going before years before the show started. It was such an uncommon chance to see blacks depicted in a more capable way. The show recognised African Americans who were never recognised in earlier days.

Conclusion

Years after the Cosby show began there was creative endeavours whereby, the shows’ positive motive made it be ranked the fifth in the county. This paper seeks to discuss all differences between how the African American Families were portrayed in years preceding the Cosby Show and the years following it. The black culture could only be represented by a person’s hair and not through his voice as it was just more than a creative fight to do that. It is evident that the years preceding the Cosby Show and the years following it the African American families were treated in a very different way.

References

Alley-Young, G., & Coleman, R. R. (2004). Say it loud! African American audiences, media, and identity. Canadian Journal of Communication, 29(3), 411-413

Culbertson, H. M. (2012). Starring Mandela and Cosby: Media and the end(s) of Apartheid. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 89(3), 551-553

Poussaint, A. F. (2006). The Toussaint-satcher-cosby chair in mental health: Creating activists on behalf of our communities, our youths, and ourselves. American Journal of Public Health, 96(10), 1725-6

Poussaint, A. F., M.D. (2008). The poussaint-satcher-cosby chair in mental health: Creating activists on behalf of our communities, our youths, and ourselves. American Journal of Public Health, 98, S108-S109

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