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I AM THE STONE THAT THE BUILDER REFUSED: SPIRITUALITY, THE BOONDOCKS AND NOT BEING THE PROBLEM

2014, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
It is visible in academic dialogue, specifically educational research, that there has not been any substantial research published that constructs or examines The Boondocks animated series in a capacity that extends the discourse past stereotypical issues and paradigms that are associated with the inferiority of African American males and the marginalized experiences they encounter. One primary purpose of this study is to offer a counter argument to the negative conversations that surround The Boondocks comic and animated series. Because most arguments about the text stem from the images and language, the conversations surrounding anything positive or hopeful as it pertains to being a Black male, are left out. Furthermore, this media text is currently not perceived as a reference that can be used as a pedagogical tool. In this qualitative critical media analysis, I sought to answer the question: How does the curriculum of The Boondocks represent issues of race, spirituality, and masculinity? Although The Boondocks is typically understood and critiqued as a Black Nationalist text, I intend to look at the animated series through the lens of race, spirituality and Black Masculinity. I specifically examine the text through the theoretical underpinnings of Critical Media Literacy and Critical Race Theory. Methodologically, Critical Media Literacy, Critical Race Theory and Qualitative Media Analysis help to contextualize The Boondocks animated series. I ultimately argue that the animated series can be understood and used as a curriculum text.
Denise Taliaferro-Baszile (Committee Chair)
Dennis Carlson (Committee Member)
Sally Lloyd (Committee Member)
Paula Saine (Committee Member)
180 p.

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Collier, B. (2014). I AM THE STONE THAT THE BUILDER REFUSED: SPIRITUALITY, THE BOONDOCKS AND NOT BEING THE PROBLEM. (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). Retrieved from https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

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Collier, Brian. "I AM THE STONE THAT THE BUILDER REFUSED: SPIRITUALITY, THE BOONDOCKS AND NOT BEING THE PROBLEM." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Miami University, 2014. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 23 Oct 2017.

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Collier, Brian "I AM THE STONE THAT THE BUILDER REFUSED: SPIRITUALITY, THE BOONDOCKS AND NOT BEING THE PROBLEM." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Miami University, 2014. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

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