Date of Award

Summer 7-16-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Dacey, Robert


african, black, culture, influences, mythology

Subject Categories

African Studies | International and Area Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The aim of this thesis is to show the impact that Black and African culture has on the entertainment industry specifically in the USA. The first portion of the discussion retraces Black and African cultural influences in the 1920's, beginning with Black-owned newspapers, then on to comic books, until arriving in the 21st century with an exploration of such influences in the film and musical industries. An introduction of relevant African mythology figures will follow this historical look at cultural influences on entertainment. We will discuss the adaptations of these mythological figures in modern-day heroic beings. Providing detailed information about each figure, the discussion will then highlight how these personal creations are portrayed in heroic narratives. This thesis also aims to show that, more often than not, most portrayals of people of color in the entertainment industry are negative and inaccurate. In conclusion, this thesis argues for the desperate need for accurate and positive portrayals of Black people in the entertainment industry. This thesis intends to open our eyes to the major impact that Black and African culture has had on society in the USA.


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