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Veil and VowMarriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture$
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Aneeka Ayanna Henderson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651767

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651767.001.0001

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Viewer, I Married Him

Viewer, I Married Him

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Veil and Vow

Aneeka Ayanna Henderson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter uses film theory and visual culture studies to parse Malcolm D Lee's film The Best Man (1999) and Gina Prince-Bythewood's film Love and Basketball (2000) as well as the corresponding soundtracks, screenplays, and publicity. It illuminates how the films unsettle genre boundaries as well as encode progressive and pernicious messages about the formation of African American marriage and Black love for its Black middle-class characters.

Keywords:   Love and Basketball, Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Best Man, Malcolm D Lee, Black middle-class, Black love, Soundtrack, African American marriage, genre

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