When We See Us: Coming 2 America and the Intricacies of Black Representation and Diasporic Conversation
This is a review essay of the film Coming 2 America (2021) by Craig Brewer, a follow-up to the 1988 comedy classic Coming to America , which stars Eddie Murphy as a newly crowned African king confronted with shifting family dynamics and evolving challenges to his royal authority. The review examines the cultural space occupying the 30 years that separate the first film and its sequel, and interrogates the structures of popular film and comedy that situate representational discourses of gender and diasporic Black representation.
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Terri P. Bowles is a part-time faculty member in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City, USA. She is a documentary film associate producer and a content presenter at the American Black Film Festival. Her last article for MGDR was “Diasporadical: In Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, Family Secrets, Cultural Alienation and Black Love” (2018).