Acclaimed documentarian Marlon T. Riggs won an Emmy in 1987 for his public-TV program "Ethnic Notions," a survey of various stereotypes applied to African-Americans over the years. Its companion piece is COLOR ADJUSTMENT, which enjoyed both theatrical and broadcast exposure in 1992, and
deals with the inadequate depiction of blacks on network TV.
From the 1950s TV incarnation of radio stereotypes Amos and Andy to "The Cosby Show" in the 1980's, Riggs (TONGUES UNTIED) sees a pattern of subverting racial identity and equality. Black characters were either harmlessly comical buffoons or sanitized into shallow, segregated reflections of their
pallid white counterpa...