Boskin, Joseph, “Racial Stereotyping and Popular Culture. From a Symposium on Black Images in Films, Stereotyping, and Self-Perception as Viewed by Black Actresses.” Sponsored by Afro-American Studies and American Studies, Boston University Boston, Mass., 1974. This book is a collection of writings from the above symposium.
Bogle, Donald, “Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks.” Bantam Books,Inc., New York, New York,1974. A definitive interpretive history of blacks in American films. Excellent definitions of the 5 main black stereotypes and a sympathetic look at the struggles of black film actors.
Cripps, Thomas, “Making Movies Black: The Hollywood Message Movie from World War II to the Civil Rights Era.” Oxford University Press, New York, New York,1993. This book examines the idea that popular culture reflects society’s values.
Diakite, Madubuko Robinson, “A Piece of the Glory.” The English International Association of Lund, Sweden, 1992. This book is a survey of African-American filmmakers and their struggles with popular American myths.
Gillum, Dorothy Butler, “Paul Robeson: All American.” New Republic Books, Washington D. C.,1978. This is a biography of Paul Robeson.
Jones, G. William, “Black Cinema Treasures, Lost and Found.” University of North Texas Press, Denton, Texas, 1991. This book chronicles many pioneer black filmmakers.
Mapp, Edward, “Blacks in American films: Today and Yesterday.” Scarecrow Press, Inc., Metuchen, N.J., 1972.
Mitchell, Loften, “Voices of the Black Theatre.” James T. White & Company, Clifton, New Jersey, 1975. This is a book of individual recollectons of black artists.
Murray, James P., “To Find an Image: Black Films from Uncle Tom to Super Fly.” Bobbs-Merrill Co.Inc., New York, New York, 1973.
Poitier, Sidney, “This Life.” Ballantine Books, New York, New York, 1980. Poitier’s autobiography. It is a frank, forceful self-portrait.
Snead, James, “White Screens/Black Images.” Routledge Press, New York, New York, 1994. This book demonstrates how central the representation and exclusion of blacks has been to the most powerful art form of the twentieth century.
Waters, Ethel, “His Eye is on the Sparrow, an Autobiography.” Doubleday, Garden City, New York, 1951. This rich autobiography of a great American woman tells her whole life story , from her illegitimate birth in the slums of Chester, Pennsylvania, to her success as a blues singer and actor.