*Among the most memorable chapters in the recently released African American Almanac, 11th Edition is a historical assessment of Television and Film, authored by media veteran Gil Robertson IV. A refreshingly candid snapshot into the plight of African Americans who found their way in an industry that clearly couldn’t do without them, it is a must read.
Chronologically written to reflect the joy and pain, sorrow and jubilation, of a people from the 1800s to present day, the 66 page chapter covers any and everything related to Television and Film.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of contributing to such a wonderful resource,” said Robertson, who returned for a third time since 2001 to update the subject of television and film. “Almanacs are sources of information that people depend upon for facts about history; therefore, it has been an awesome responsibility to contribute this text for the 3rd straight edition.”
A two time NAACP Image Award nominee (2007 and 2010) for his work as a writer, Robertson is the very definition of a media professional. A long time Hollywood Insider, he is the Founder and President of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and is among the media industry’s most celebrated writers. Later this year he will make his debut in children’s literature with the release of 21st Century African Americans in Politics (Just For Us Books), and his next anthology project that will deal with the subject of Black Love.
Given deserved notoriety as a critically acclaimed author for works such as Writing As A Tool Of Empowerment, Not in My Family: AIDS in the African American Community (2001) and Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today (2006), Robertson was quick to draw a distinction between the two mediums.
“It’s different than picking up a book,” said Robertson. “A book is framed by opinions and a lot of other different elements. When you’re doing this kind of project, the trick is to present balanced information [without forming opinions].
“African Americans have such a rich history in TV & Film, so to introduce readers (especially young readers) to the role that we’ve played in cinema’s development is a tremendous honor.”
With upwards of 29 chapters including everything from African American Firsts to the Civil Rights Movement, Science & Technology, Family & Health, Law and Sports, the latest edition of the AA Almanac offers an authoritative summary of the sterling accomplishments of African Americans.
“As I look over the span of this landmark publication’s history, I realize that the principal responsibility of each successive generation of African Americans is to tell its story based on the challenges confronting it and its aspirations for the future,” said Ben Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP, who contributed the Foreword to the text. “I encourage all to read this eleventh edition of The African American Almanac in order to not only learn more about our glorious history, but to assess what challenges us today and in the future.”
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