Livin’ Large! 1991


Dexter Jackson (Carson) is a young, black deliveryman in Atlanta, Georgia, who aspires to become a news reporter. He gets what he considers his big break, when he drives up to a hostage situation. When the reporter on the scene is killed, Dexter steps in and confronts the hostage-taker, who threatens to kill himself on live television. However, Dexter talks the man out of it, and ratings-obsessed executive producer Kate Penndragin (Blanche Baker) later offers Dexter a reporter position at “News 4 Atlanta”.

A recurring gag throughout the film involves Jackson seeing himself on TV with notably different facial features, i.e. thinner lips, straight hair, and a lighter complexion. As Kate tries to transform Dexter’s urban image (mainly his dreadlocks, clothing, and vocabulary), he begins questioning whether he’s starting to sell out as he becomes more and more successful. In other words, he wonders whether becoming successful also means becoming “white”. ……
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Date: May 26, 2017

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