The History of Black Representation in Movies and Television – Beyond the Scenes | The Daily Show

Published on July 19, 2022

Host Roy Wood Jr. reminisces on his favorite Beyond the Scenes season 1 episodes that highlight Black representation in movies and television. Roy sits with Daily Show writer, Josh Johnson, and JumpStart Comics creator, Robb Armstrong, to discuss how the first Black Peanuts cartoon character, Franklin, brightened the lives of young Black children. Next, Daily Show writer, Ashton Wommack, filmmaker, Tananarive Due, author and screenwriter, Steven Barnes, and author and educator, Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, join Roy to talk about their favorite Black Horror movies and the evolutionary roles Black actors played within this genre. Roy wraps this recap up with Daily Show producer, Chelsea Williamson, and creator and showrunner of Amazon’s Harlem, Tracy Oliver, as they highlight the importance of portraying vulnerable moments Black women experience to remind the world that a Black woman’s strength does not equal invincibility.
New episodes of Beyond the Scenes return August 9, wherever podcasts are available.
Peanuts, Franklin and Representation: Originally aired November 16, 2021
The History & Evolution of Black Horror Movies: Originally aired February 15, 2022
Dissecting the “Strong Black Woman” Stereotype: Originally aired April 26, 2022
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  • Natanan Guluma 1 year ago

    Road to 10 million, let’s go!

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  • AlienmationX 1 year ago

    Dark humor. Love it.

  • Joseph Kapumpa 1 year ago

    Light skinned blacks are at an advantage especially the mixed ones. Look at the Beyonce getting played and you Trevor. If you were dark skinned from Africa or America they would employ you for that job. So you mixed blacks are at an advantage than dark ones

  • Sylvannia Young 1 year ago

    I tell my kids representation of black people on TV is what continued or problems. We were protrayed as ignorant, gangsta, single, poor, and loud as other races or portrayed as rich, powerful, and reserved. Boils my blood cause we allowed it. Now people think that about everyone.


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