ERIC Number: EJ926989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 7
"Akeelah and the Bee": Inspirational Story of African-American Intellect and Triumph or Racist Rhetoric Served Up on Another Platter?
Pimentel, Charise; Sawyer, Cathleen
Multicultural Perspectives, v13 n2 p100-104 2011
In this article, the authors look into the inspirational movie, "Akeelah and the Bee," a film about an African-American who goes against all odds to achieve success in grand proportions. Described as an "inspirational family film" and a "successful feel-good movie" (Turan, 2006), "Akeelah and the Bee" proved inspirational to many viewers, as it highlighted Akeelah's intellect, tenacity, and determination to ultimately win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. While this movie seems innocent enough, the authors perform a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) (Huckin, 1995) of this movie to expose what they perceive as numerous racial overtones, undertones, and more particularly, several racist discourses that underpin and permeate the entire storyline to construct African-Americans in terms of deficiencies, abnormalities, and disfunctionalities.
Descriptors: African Americans, Discourse Analysis, Films, Spelling, Intelligence, Competition, Race, Stereotypes, Racial Bias
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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