SC State organizations host professor's book signing for 18th National African American Read-In

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

ORANGEBURG, SC – An author and SC State English professor will read from and sign copies of her book as several university organizations celebrate the National African American Read-In.

A reading and book signing by Dr. Yvonne D. Sims, assistant professor of English and author of Women of Blaxploitation: How the Black Action Film Heroine Changed American Popular Culture, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007, at 4 p.m. at the Alpha Kappa House, 1938 Russell Street, Orangeburg, S.C. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The event is sponsored by SC State’s Department of English and Modern Languages, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. For additional information, contact Dr. Mary L. Cassidy at (803) 536-8795.

Through the book reading/signing, SC State’s organizations join more than one million readers who are participating in the 18th Annual National African American Read-In, which is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Black Caucus of the NCTE and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

Women of Blaxploitation: How the Black Action Film Heroine Changed American Popular Culture is a critical study that examines the ways in which the blaxploitation heroines of the early 1970s reshaped the presentation of African American actresses on screen and, to a certain degree, the perception of African American females in general. It discusses the social, political and cultural context in which blaxploitation films emerged. The work focuses on four African American actresses – Pam Grier, Tamara Dobson, Teresa Graves and Jeanne Belle – providing critical and audience response to their films, as well as insight into the perspectives of the actresses themselves. The eventual demise of the blaxploitation genre due to formulaic plots and lack of character development is also discussed. And, the book addresses the mainstreaming of the action heroine in general and a recent resurgence of interest in black action movies.

Women of Blaxploitation: How the Black Action Film Heroine Changed American Popular Culture was published in 2006 by McFarland & Company Inc.