Miri­am Pet­ty is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Radio/​Television/​Film and African Amer­i­can Stud­ies at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty, and a Pub­lic Voic­es Fel­low. She writes and teach­es on issues of star­dom, recep­tion, genre, race, and media, and is espe­cial­ly inter­est­ed in the his­to­ry of African Amer­i­can rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Hol­ly­wood film. Her forth­com­ing book, Steal­ing the Show: African Amer­i­can Per­form­ers and Audi­ences in 1930s Hol­ly­wood (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia Press) explores the com­plex rela­tion­ships between black audi­ences and black per­form­ers dur­ing the stu­dio era. In her cur­rent project, she is exam­in­ing the lay­ered con­nec­tions between the work of con­tem­po­rary African Amer­i­can film­mak­er Tyler Per­ry and key African Amer­i­can cul­tur­al move­ments and institutions.
Don’t Let Nina Be Misunderstood
The problem with Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone.