Strategic Negativity: Ratchetness and Reality Television

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 • 4:00 pm
  • Seigle Hall, Room 301

“Strategic Negativity: Ratchetness and Reality Television” is a lecture presented by Assistant Professor Racquel Gates, Department of Media Culture, CSI CUNY.

Professor Gates specializes in African American media, particularly representations of race in popular film and television. Her dissertation, Acting White: African Americans, Whiteface, and Post-Civil Rights Popular Culture, examines how African-American performances of whiteface in the post-Civil Rights era operate as a means of strategically navigating shifting tropes of blackness across time. In addition to film and media theory, Dr. Gates’ research also incorporates gender, queer, and critical race theories.

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