chapter  16
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The Construction of Black Sexuality: Towards Normalizing the Black Cinematic Experience Jacquie Jones

The imaging of Black sexuality in mainstream film, particularly Black male heterosexuality, continues to be the most denormalizing factor in the definition of the Black screen character. By sabotaging the ability to create or maintain primary ties to other individuals through intimate contact, the Black male character calls into question not only his ability to function as a legitimate, full-in other words, normal-member of film culture, but also cancels the ability to be perceived as capable of complete humanity. Without reconstructing the sexuality of the Black character it is impossible to enter into the more general discourse of identity.