Title

La Facade

Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Communication Studies

First Advisor

Bae, Min (Communication Studies)

Keywords

American Studies.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of my short documentary film thesis is to explore the commodification of race in popular urban American music. The commodification of race for the purpose of my film is the idea that the entertainment industry, whose board members are composed predominantly of white men, have created and marketed a racial identity and a standard of "Blackness" which was based on stereotypes. The film will explore the music industry and the black community in the south side of Chicago and downtown Detroit through the voices of independent artists who discuss in their own words whether or not "urban" music is a reflection of their communities and what kind of effect it has had in their neighborhoods.