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The Poitier EffectRacial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation$
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Sharon Willis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692842

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.001.0001

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Black Authenticity and the Ambivalent Icon

Black Authenticity and the Ambivalent Icon

Keeping It Real in Talk to Me

(p.161) 4 Black Authenticity and the Ambivalent Icon
The Poitier Effect

Sharon Willis

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter IV considers Kasi Lemmons’ 2007 film, Talk to Me. As Poitier anchors the web of popular culture references through which it recollects black cultural history of the late 1960s and 1970s, this film remembers the shaping impact across U. S. culture of this iconic figure.

Keywords:   Civil rights movement, Race relations, Popular Cinema, Television, Melodrama, Feminism, Sidney Poitier, Collective Memory

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