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Calixthe Beyala: black face(s) on French TV

Hitchcott, Nicki

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Nicki Hitchcott


As president and spokeswoman of the French black rights movement, Collectif Egalité, Cameroonian-born novelist Calixthe Beyala is committed to pushing for an improvement in the representation of black people on television in France. This article discusses the ways in which the Collectif has attempted to draw the French public's attention to the lack of 'visible minorities' on French TV. It takes as a test case the controversial figure of Beyala herself who has become something of a minor TV celebrity in her own right. What emerges as an apparent contradiction between Beyala's own media representation and the Collectif's campaign will serve to illustrate the ambivalent positioning of black citizens in contemporary France.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 2, 2004
Online Publication Date Aug 19, 2010
Publication Date Nov 1, 2004
Deposit Date Apr 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 11, 2016
Journal Modern & Contemporary France
Print ISSN 0963-9489
Electronic ISSN 1469-9869
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 4
Keywords Calixthe Beyala; Collectif Egalité; Television; France; Visible Minorities; Black French
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Modern and Contemporary France in November 2004, available online:


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