Annotated Bibliography

1. Billingham, Peter. Sensing the City Through Television. Bristol: Intellect Books,

2000. Print.

Billingham’s book asks the question how fictional representations of the city contribute to our sense of identity. He does several case studies, one of them being Homicide: Life On The Street.

2. Dates, Jannette L., and Thomas A. Mascaro. “African Americans in Film and

Television: Twentieth-Century Lessons for a New Millennium.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 33.2 (2005): 50-55. Print.

Dates and Mascaro look at the way African Americans have been portrayed in film and television and how that has and will influenced their portrayal in film and television in the future.

3. Gray, Herman. Watching race television and the struggle for “Blackness”

Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1995. Print.

This book looks at the portrayal of African Americans in television series in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. This will particularly useful in my paper as I compare it to the way African Americans are portrayed in Homicide: Life on the Street.

4. Hunt, Darnell M. “Making Sense of Blackness on Television.” Channeling

Blackness Studies on Television and Race in America (Media and African Americans). New York: Oxford UP, USA, 2004. Print.

In this chapter, by Hunt, he explores the sense of blackness in popular television. He discusses what the blackness is, what it represents, and what it means for the future of African Americans.

5. Mascaro, Thomas A. “Shades of Black on Homicide: Life on the Street: progress

in portrayals of African American men.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 32.1 (2004): 10-19. Metapress. Web. 27 Oct. 2009. <>.

In this article, Mascaro looks at the different ways black men are portrayed in Homicide: Life on the Street. He argues that by exploring the varied characteristics of African American men, the series was able to develop a rich portrait of African Americans.

6. Nadel, Alan. Television in black-and-white America race and national identity.

Lawrence: University of Kansas, 2005. Print.

Alan Nadel explores the implications of conservative bias in television and its effects on the portrayal of race and racialized narratives of American history during this early period of TV broadcasting.

7. Hébert, Lisa P. “Gender, Race, and Media Representation.” Gender,

Race, and Class in Media A Text-Reader. By Dwight E. Brooks. Minneapolis: Sage Publications, Inc, 2002. Web. 27 Oct. 2009. <>.

This article has a section which talks about the way African Americans are represented in Homcide: Life On The Street, that is particularly helpful in terms of my final paper.

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