Coloring Outside The Lines: Black Revolutionaries Of Cartooning & Animation

March 4, 2014  |  

Every Saturday morning for decades parents have awakened to cheerful trills of laughter. Each week aficionados troll funny pages and comic book stores for the latest edition of favorite serials. But until 40 years ago, audiences looking for a truly representative Black cast were disappointed. Animators and cartoonists of African-American descent began the slow rise to fame at the beginning of the 21st century. By the new millennium 2D Black role models were no longer a rarity, such as these colorful artists and cartoons.

If you’re interested in learning more about Black cartoon characters, Funky Turns 40 is on view through June 14 in the Latimer/Edison Gallery of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. For information on future exhibition dates see the Museum of Uncut Funk website.

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