“Tyler Perry’s Money Machine” and “Do I Look Like Public Enemy Number One?”. Discussion of “Tyler Perry’s Money Machine” p. 346. What is the main point or thesis of this article?
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What point is Eugene Robinson making about Tyler Perry’s movies and the representation of African Americans in Hollywood?
In this article, Robinson shows that he is aware of the discussion that is already going on about the representation of African Americans in Hollywood by bringing up the trope (commonly used theme or literary device, similar to “cliché”) of the “magical Negro.” What exactly is this trope? Can you think of any examples of it other than the ones Robinson lists?
According to Robinson, how are the Tyler Perry movies different from those that use the “magical Negro” trope?
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Who takes responsibility for the piece of writing? Is it a publication with an online presence? Is it an organization with a good reputation?
In what ways does the author establish credibility?
Is the piece of writing presented well? (Are the points well argued/explained? Does the author display an awareness of the ongoing conversation? Does the piece of writing use clear grammar, spelling, and punctuation?)
Just because you find a source and read it doesn’t mean you have to use it. If you read a source and don’t like it, keep looking.
Keep researching throughout the writing process. If you find a wonderful source with all kinds of good ideas you want to respond to after you wrote a draft, that’s fine. Include that source and your response when you revise.
Keep track of every source you use ideas or quotes from in your paper. You will need to be able to find the source again when you give it credit.
Right now you need to be reading everything you can find about your specific topic relating to diversity and the media.
Read general articles about pop culture and diversity to start out if you would like, but you need to be reading articles about a specific film/show/musical group or a specific genre or a specific minority group.
You’ve found your sources, read them, annotated them, and you’re ready to use your sources in your essay.
So… which quotes should you use?
Quotes that contain ideas you want to respond to.
Quotes where the original source’s wording is especially good or important to your response.
Quotes where the original source explains a complex idea clearly and succinctly.
Quotes that contain ideas that would make most people want proof.
Any quote you use should have an explanation/response that is TWICE AS LONG as the original quote. If a quote takes up two full lines of your paper, the explanation/response to that quote should take up FOUR.