Color Adjustment
A History of African American Portrayal on Television

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Alex

Incredible documentary with great archival footage and interviews. I loved the way Marlon Riggs continually asks the audience to think about what a positive portrayal of african americans on tv truly looks like. I wish I had heard of his work sooner.

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Nickcole

I am very stunned to know television in a new light, I never thought it was so much influence of television in American households. I do not watch television because I believe it is just trash anyways.

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Anonymous

Another production that I have thourghly enjoyed by Marlon Riggs. Incredibly insighfult.

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Anonymous

It's hard to find this film in its entirety. It's great to see,

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