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Double Negative: Racquel Gates Reframes Coming to America

Curator’s Choice
Tue, Dec 4, 2018
  • 7:30PM
RUN TIME: 116min
MEMBERS: $11 (free for Level 3 and above)
December 2018
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Tuesday December 04, 2018
Performances no longer available.
Part of Film 2018
Directed by John Landis | 1988

Eddie Murphy reteamed with Trading Places director John Landis for this classic culture clash comedy, which features one of the actor’s definitive performances: as a pampered African prince who forgoes an arranged marriage and instead heads to America to find the woman of his dreams. First stop: Queens. Inhabiting multiple roles, Murphy (who also conceived the story) receives a brilliant showcase for his impeccable timing and uncanny, Peter Sellers-like talent for impersonation.

Racquel Gates, a professor of media culture at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, joins BAM audiences for a reading from her new book, Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary screening of Coming to America. Book signing to follow.

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Raquel Gates
Racquel Gates

Racquel Gates is an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Her research focuses on blackness and popular culture, with special attention to discourses of taste and quality. She has published in Film Quarterly, Television & New Media, and the anthologies Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences and Saturday Night Live and American TV.