Racquel Gates (Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, College of Staten Island) specializes in the representation of blackness in popular culture. Some of her work has appeared in the journals Television & New Media, Film Quarterly, and the anthologies Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences and Saturday Night Live and American TV. She is currently completing a book, Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture, which is under contract with Duke University Press.