Film & Theater studies

In Marlon Riggs’ Color Adjustment, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. states that Black sitcoms of the 1970s
represented both the greatest potential for representing Black life in television’s history and also the
greatest failure. Why? Conduct a close analysis of either the “Juneteenth: The Musical” episode of Blackish
(ABC, October 3, 2017) or the “B-, Don’t Kill My Vibe” episode of Grown-ish (Freeform, January 3,
2018). How does this current sitcom exhibit similar possibilities and/or failure? Why or why not?
Each essay should be six (6) pages in length, typed, and double-spaced using a font of no larger than 12-
point and no smaller than 11-point Your paper should have a title page with an original title that indicates
the central ideas of your argument. The title page should also include the course number, your name, your
TA’s name, section day and time, and the date on which you turned in your paper. Do not repeat any of
this information on the succeeding pages of your essay. Please make sure that you keep a printed out,
hard-copy of your paper in addition to the original that you turn in. This short essay is 20% of your grade.
Papers will be collected at the beginning of lecture section. Please see the
Policies in the course syllabus, distributed on the first day of classes, for all other policies related to essay
This paper should use no references beyond your screenings of Color Adjustment and/or Black-ish or
Grown-ish and, possibly, reference to pertinent course readings and/or lectures. You must always include
citations and full bibliographic reference whenever you use an idea from one of these sources—when
paraphrasing as well as using direct quotes.