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Hollywood Blackout: The Battle for Recognition in a White Hollywood

Ben Arogundade

A Hollywood history told from the perspective of those that fought for diversity, inclusion and acknowledgement

Are the Oscars (still) so white? Is it even possible to decolonize the film industry? Why is Hollywood's race problem everyone's problem?

Ignoring the systemic racial inequalities in film is losing the industry $10 billion a year. Yet, parity, diversity, and inclusion are fundamental issues that the Oscar Awards are only just beginning to address.

In this book, award-winning writer, broadcaster, model, and fashion designer, Ben Arogundade, provides a manual for deconstructing everything you thought you knew about Hollywood - documenting the stories and struggles of black artists within the movie industry that have so far been left out of the canon.

The chapters are structured chronologically around different Oscar winners, from Hattie McDaniel to Halle Berry. Each section is rich with exhaustive research from critics, activists, and academics, as well as interviews with stars and those within the film industry, to demonstrate sociological and historical influences on black artists, highlight positive progress, and make you realize that certain attitudes still remain.

Hollywood Blackout is a much-needed provocation to look more critically at the accepted narratives within film, and examine how the industry both reflects and influences societal views on race.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cassell
  • Publish Date: Feb 4th, 2025
  • Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.50in - 6.25in - 1.01in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781788405492
  • Categories: Film - ReferenceFilm & VideoAmerican - African American & Black

About the Author

Ben Arogundade is an author, fashion designer, model, voice actor, and broadcaster. His articles have been published by The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Evening Standard, Elle, and Marie Claire, and he has provided the voice for the first audiobook of Darwin's On the Origin of Species and George Orwell's essays for Penguin. He was a finalist in Australia's Calibre Essay Prize and the winner of the general non-fiction award at the Indie Book Awards in 2019. His previous title, Black Beauty, was made into a three-part BBC documentary.