learning head wrap history - "black mummy " the mammy image served the political, social, and economic interests of mainstream white America. During slavery, the mammy caricature was posited as proof that blacks -- in this case, black women -- were contented, even happy, as slaves. Her wide grin, hearty laugher, and loyal servitude were offered as evidence of the supposed humanity of the institution of slavery.
The Legend: "Time travel will be invented in the year 2025. How do we know? Because that is the year that this delightful lady claimed to have traveled from. In the year 1898, according the contemporary reports, Alexandria Alexis appeared 'as if from nowhere' and took New York society by storm. Some fawned over her while others claimed she was insane. This debate was however rendered moot when, on New Year's Eve 1899, she simply disappeared..."
Actress Aunjanue Ellis in "The Book of Negroes," produced by CBC TV (Canada), airing on BET. Ellis portrays [fictional] protagonist Aminata Diallo, captured [in West Africa] in her teens and spent most of her life [enslaved, not "slave"] in [South Carolina - colonial, slave-holding British North America, which became the USA]. Having spent most of her life in captivity, she longs to return to her homeland of Mali[?? Film says "Guinea"], which becomes pivotal part of her character's story."
I found this video of clips of various cartoons that used black stereotypes and I thought it was very interest that these were just common cartoons back in the day. I didn't realize that Bugs Bunny did black face so often. http://kathmanduk2.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/marlon-riggss-ethnic-notions-transcript/#