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Spike and Tyler’s Beef: Blackness, Authenticity, and Discourses of Black Exceptionalism

Spike and Tyler’s Beef: Blackness, Authenticity, and Discourses of Black Exceptionalism

Chapter:
(p.180) Chapter Nine Spike and Tyler’s Beef: Blackness, Authenticity, and Discourses of Black Exceptionalism
Source:
From Madea to Media Mogul
Author(s):
Karen M. Bowdre
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.003.0009

Moving the conversation about Perry to a more meta-discursive level, Karen M. Bowdre’s chapter features an examination of the careers of Spike Lee and Tyler Perry.The way we discuss Black Hollywood and independent directors, argues Bowdre, reinforces a (Black) American exceptionalismthat materializes as a flawed tendency to evaluate and elevate one Black director at a time. Bowdre demonstrates that while at the onset Perry and Lee may seem worlds apart both artistically and ideologically, both directors have benefited from a similar system of exclusion.

Keywords:   Black Exceptionalism, Blackness, Authenticity, Spike Lee, Independent Black Directors

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