[Gooding] approaches the subject with clarity and compassion . . . refusing to judge ambitious performers for accepting roles as mammies and slaves or branching out from other fields into acting, while acknowledging that the prevalence of these characterizations and the failure of studios to hire trained black actors causes harm. He not only understands the complexity of the matter, but is able to pick apart the various elements and present them in a compelling matter. His thinking is academic, but he writes with fluidity, making the subject accessible.
6/3/20: Out of the Past featured the book in “Black Film History: A Reading List.”
2/6/20: Author Frederick W. Gooding published an essay in EDIT Media (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Teaching): “Haven’t We Seen This Movie Before? Tired Sequels & Teaching the Oscars.”
6/3/20: The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education featured the book in their new books roundup, “Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars.”