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Directed by Marlon Riggs • 1992 • United States
Following his groundbreaking study of anti-Black stereotypes ETHNIC NOTIONS, Marlon Riggs turned his attention to the racial implications of America’s favorite addiction: television watching. COLOR ADJUSTMENT traces forty years of race relations through the lens of prime-time entertainment, scrutinizing television’s racial myths and stereotypes. Narrated by Ruby Dee, this at once engaging and perceptive documentary allows viewers to revisit some of television’s most popular stars and shows—from “Amos ’n’ Andy” to “The Cosby Show”—and their complex, sometimes insidious roles in shaping America’s racial narrative.