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Watkins, Mel 1940-

Overview
Works: 23 works in 60 publications in 1 language and 5,255 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Quotations  Fiction  History  Filmed interviews  Documentary films  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor
Classifications: PN6231.N5, 792.2308996073
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Mel Watkins
 
Most widely held works by Mel Watkins
On the real side : laughing, lying, and signifying-- : the underground tradition of African-American humor that transformed American culture, from slavery to Richard Pryor by Mel Watkins( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Watkins chronicles both the public stereotype through minstrel performers, motion pictures, radio and television, and the underground humor that resurfaced in the 1970s with comedians like Richard Pryor
Stepin Fetchit : the life and times of Lincoln Perry by Mel Watkins( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first African American movie star, Lincoln Perry, a.k.a. Stepin Fetchit, is an iconic figure in the history of American popular culture. In the late 1920s and 30s he was both renowned and reviled for his surrealistic portrayals of the era's most popular comic stereotype; the lazy, shiftless Negro. After his breakthrough role in the 1929 film Hearts in Dixie, Perry was hailed as the best actor that the talking pictures have produced by the critic Robert Benchley. Having run away from his Key West home in his early teens, Perry found success as a vaudevillian before making his way to California. The tall, lanky actor became the first millionaire black movie star when he appeared in a string of hit movies as the whiny, ever-perplexed, slow-talking comic sidekick. Perry was the highest paid and most popular black comedian in America during Hollywood's Golden Age, but his ongoing battles with movie executives, his rowdy offscreen behavior, and his extravagant spending kept him in gossip column headlines. Perry's spendthrift ways and exorbitant lifestyle hastened his decline and, in 1947, having squandered or given away his fortune, he was forced to declare bankruptcy. In 1964 Perry was discovered in the charity ward of Chicago's Cook County Hospital; he later turned up in Muhammad Ali's entourage. In 1972 he unsuccessfully sued CBS for defamation because of a television program that ridiculed the type of characters he had portrayed. But his achievements were eventually acknowledged; in 1976 the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP gave him its Special Image Award for having opened the door for many a succeeding African American film star, and in 1978 he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. In Stepin Fetchit, Mel Watkins has given us the first definitive, full-scale biography of an entertainment legend
African American humor : the best Black comedy from slavery to today( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To be a Black woman: portraits in fact and fiction by Mel Watkins( Book )

8 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who killed Tiffany Jones? : a novel by Mavis Kaye( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The sensational killings that have rocked the seemingly untouchable world of international jet-setters and powerful glitterati appear to be unrelated but Kim Carlyle, former police detective turned entertainment agent, senses there'as a thread connecting them all."--Jacket
On the real side : a history of African American comedy by Mel Watkins( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how humor in the African American entertainment business has sahped America and African Americans themselves
The Bob Love story : if it's gonna be, it's up to me by Bob Love( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who was Stepin Fetchit?( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this edition of Tony Brown's Journal, Tony Brown and his guest, Mel Watkins, discuss the career of Stepin Fetchit. Who was the real man behind one of Hollywood's most negative images, Stepin Fetchit? Author Mel Watkins explains that Lincoln Perry was very different from the lazy, bug-eyed buffoon on screen
Images of African-Americans on prime-time television( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A three part satellite seminar series examining how television has covered and reflected black history and culture over the past fifty years. In this second segment panelists examine the stereotypes of Amos 'n' Andy in the postwar era, the success of the Cosby show in the 1980s, and the recent trend of burgeoning networks concentrating on African-American-themed programming
Staples and beyond : selected writings of Mel Watkins by Mel Watkins( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mel Watkins is an iconic figure in the development of the "new" political economy in Canada. Since the 1960s he has combined scholarly writing with political activism on a range of issues, from Canada's economic dependency on the US to the role of social democratic parties to aboriginal rights. This collection brings together Watkins' most seminal writings. In Staples and Beyond Watkins addresses the "staple thesis" of Canadian economic and political development and, in particular, the effort to extend Harold Innis's work by giving more explicit consideration to class relations and the role of the state. He considers the historical nature of Canada's economic dependency in relation to tariff barriers, foreign investment, the multi-national corporation, and wide-ranging free trade and investment agreements. He also examines the evolution of economics and political economy as academic disciplines and reflects on the relationship between intellectual scholarship and political activism. Taken together, the papers in this volume provide an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the nature of the Canadian economy and the political options for forging a more independent and equitable country. Book jacket."--Jacket
Jobs with peace( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tell tale heart : Washington Project for the Arts, March 9-May 5, 1990 : Ken Little, James Luna, Judy Southerland, Pat Ward Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Never give a sucker an even break : the wiseguys( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The fifth episode in a six-part series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. Episode five looks at the comedy of W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, Joan Rivers, Paul Lynde, Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Larry David
When I'm bad, I'm better : the groundbreakers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The fourth episode in a six-part series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. Episode four looks a the work of controversial comedians. For the groundbreaks fo comedy getting a laugh and getting at the truth were the same. Looks at the comedy of not only Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and the Smothers Brothers, but also Mae West, Moms Mabley and Richard Pryor
Directions in black writing( Recording )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Stephen Foster : America's first great songwriter( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A biography of Stephen Foster, the first great American songwriter, whose melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that many think his songs are folk tunes. In all he composed some 200 songs and although he virtually invented popular music, Foster's personal life was tragic and contradiction-ridden. His marriage was largely unhappy, he never made much money from his work and eventually died at the age of 37 a nearly penniless alcoholic on the Bowery in New York
Approaches to Canadian economic history; a selection of essays by W. T Easterbrook( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mel Watkins, writer/journalist by James V Hatch( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Interview with Mel Watkins : raw footage]( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Watkins goes on to discuss Broadway as one of the greatest sources of opportunity for African Americans during the 20th century; views of blackface makeup as worn by Black performers in the 20th century and by Whites of the 19th from a variety of perspectives; more on the musical Shuffle along, which featured outstanding Broadway performers, introduced more straightforward syncopated rhythms, and offered more rhythmic jazz-oriented dance than had been seen before on Broadway; its wide appreciation by the audience; its breakout song "I'm just wild about Harry." Discussion continues with Broadway's ambivalent portrayal of Blacks during World War II, and the popular show Carmen Jones which Harlem intellectuals criticized for its regressive stereotypes; the upsurge of Black musicals on Broadway during the 1970s, which celebrated black life and culture; the transformation of Black comedy from the submissive stereotypes of the Minstrel show to the realistic, direct humor of such performers as Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Pryor; Ntozake Shange's For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, which portrayed what it is like to be female and Black in America; Watkin's view of Broadway as representative of entertainment, as well as the entire range of American society
Continental crucible : big business, workers and unions in the transformation of North America by Richard Roman( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The failure of traditional labour responses to stop the continental offensive being waged by big business has led workers and unions to explore new strategies of struggle and organization, pointing to the beginnings of a continental labour movement across North America. The battle for the future of North America has begun."--Pub. desc
 
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On the real side : laughing, lying, and signifying-- : the underground tradition of African-American humor that transformed American culture, from slavery to Richard Pryor
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Stepin Fetchit : the life and times of Lincoln PerryAfrican American humor : the best Black comedy from slavery to todayWho killed Tiffany Jones? : a novelOn the real side : a history of African American comedyThe Bob Love story : if it's gonna be, it's up to meStaples and beyond : selected writings of Mel Watkins