Includes bibliographical references (p. -304) and index.
Black magic, disembodied. Marlon Brando's jazz acting and the obsolescence of blackface ; Borrowing Black masculinity : Dirty Harry finds his gentle side ; Passing tones : The talented Mr. Ripley and Pleasantville -- Serving the white audience. The racial displacements of Ransom and Fargo ; Black angels in America : millennial solutions to the "race problem" -- Unrepresentable subjects. Evidence : Thelonious Monk's challenge to jazz history ; Revenge of the Nerds : representing the White male collector of Black music -- Black magic, inverted. Robert Altman's jazz history lesson ; Spike Lee meets Aaron Copland.