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Marlon T. Riggs' video, Color Adjustment, provides the viewer an exciting trip though the history of television, focusing on the representation, or lack thereof, of African-Americans. A totally chosen combination of tv producers, celebrities, sociologists, and cultural critics combine forces to supply insight and professional view regarding the standing of African-Americans in tv since the inception of television itself. As Color Adjustment traces the history of television shows from Amos n' Andy and Julia into "ghetto sitcoms" as well as The Cosby Show, the throw of television professionals and cultural critics talk about the consequences those representations have on both the African American community and our society as a whole. Color Adjustment continually asks the question: "Are these images positive?" This video raises the viewer's awareness about issues of positive images for African-Americans on television. I chose this video because it raised my awareness by questioning the difference between positive role models, like the Cosby Show, and positive images for all African-Americans. The issues discussed and comments made by the cast piqued my interest and helped change my perspective on the history of African-American representation in the media, especially in the domain of television. Color Adjustment contains more than just endless 'talking heads' -- it has elements of fact, history, and professional opinion all blended together in an engaging format. It was extremely exciting to hear the TV producers like Hal Kanter and David Wolper talk about their own productions in retrospect. Most importantly to me, Color Adjustment changed my perspective on African-American representation in the media by challenging me to think about images...