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TBT: Progress on TV

By Kelly McMahon

This week, I was struck by this 1990 Black History Month article from The Villanovan. In the article, then entertainment editor Stephen Powers offers us a brief history of black television, from the “golden years” of the 1950s, to the radical changes in the 1980s with the creation of The Cosby Show and Family Matters.

While he writes that progress has been made since the 1950s when it comes to diverse representation on major sitcoms and soap operas, Powers concludes his article by acknowledging that despite these advances, “there is still some progress to be made,” citing what was then top television shows with casts that were illogically all white, like Cheers and Murphy Brown. He also critiques Saturday Night Live, which in 1990 featured an entirely white cast.

In the 1990 article, Powers writes that he believes progress will be made in the next decade. Now, three decades later, progress has indeed been made. Major sitcoms like Blackish, Mixed-Ish, Good Trouble, and Grownish prioritize diversity of all kinds, from race to sexuality, gender identity, and ability. Since 1990, Saturday Night Live has grown to be incredibly diverse, too.

However, now, just like 1990 when Powers was writing, more progress can still be made. Despite the presence of diverse television shows, sitcoms with (almost) all white casts like The Office and Friends still gather large followings and huge viewerships. The 2017 reboot of Dynasty (a show Powers mentions) is almost as white as it was in earlier iterations. Large cable programs like The Bachelor and Bachelorette rarely (and sometimes never) feature people of color.

Villanovan article: "Blacks progress on TV"

 

Would Powers be satisfied with the progress that has been made? Does this article feel strangely topical despite being thirty years old? Let us know your thoughts via Instagram (@villanovalibrary) or Twitter (@FalveyLibrary).


Kelly McMahon CLAS ’22 is a student assistant in the Communication and Marketing office at Falvey Memorial Library.


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TBT: Gaining a New Perspective in Falvey

Students Drawing in the Stacks

In February 2019, students in the Basic Drawing Perspectives course utilized a viewpoint on Falvey’s third floor to practice illustration techniques.


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#TBT: Finals Stress Relief

Wil D. Cat in an ugly sweater

Photo by Alice Bampton.

 

It’s that time of the year when finals can leave students stressed and at their wits’ end. That is why Falvey Memorial Library organizes a finals stress relief event each year to help students get through these trying times. Let’s throwback to December 2016, when our “Finals Can Get Ugly” event included games, movies, and Will D. Cat!

This year, our finals stress relief event will feature a soundtrack from vinyl records, pizza, and games. Come to Holy Grounds between 1-3 p.m. on December 12 to have a bite to eat and relieve some stress.


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TBT: Manifold Blessings

Photo courtesy of Villanova University Digital Library

“Never has America had greater occasion for Thanksgiving than today. Think of the manifold blessings for which we should be profoundly grateful…”

Leslie’s illustrated weekly newspaper, v. 127, no. 3298, November 23, 1918, details the ending of World War I. View the full newspaper on Villanova University’s Digital Library.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.


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#TBT: Open Access Week 2014


This photo, taken by Alice Bampton, shows Nikolaus Fogle, Philosophy subject Librarian, giving a presentation entitled Author Rights: When and How Can You Archive, Share and Own Your Published Work, alongside Dina Leytes, Practice Group Chair, Intellectual Property and New Media, at Griesing Law, LLC. This presentation was one of many that Falvey Memorial Library has hosted over the years for Open Access Week.


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#TBT: Hoops Mania Saturday, Basketball is Nigh

With Hoops Mania this Saturday, the basketball season will soon be upon us. This photo of Scottie Reynolds comes to you from the 2008 Villanova Yearbook.


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#TBT: Fun in the Fall

Throwback Thursday

The first day of fall is this Monday, and although we have some time before the leaves fall, we hope this photo from the 1988 Villanova yearbook will get you into the fall spirit.


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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#TBT: National Video Games Day

Throwback Thursday

Pick up them sticks! It’s National Video Games Day, not to be confused with the entirely different National Video Game Day celebrated on July 8th. This photo comes to you from the Villanova Yearbook of 1994, showing us what may be the best example of the division between those who play and those who do not. So, whether you play on mobile, console, or PC, take a moment to relax with a game, after you’re done your schoolwork, of course…


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University. He is also Thresh main in League of Legends.

 


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#TBT: Look how they grow up

Throwback Thursday

This photo comes to you from the Yearbook of 1994, when the trees beside Falvey Library were little more than saplings. Look for their leaves to turn a vibrant orange this fall.


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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#TBT Outdated Upon Completion: The Library’s Brief Two Decades in Austin Hall

 

 

Throwback Thursday

“The old Villanova College Library in the east wing of Austin Hall proved too small almost as soon as it was completed in 1924. Unfortunately, the Depression of the 1930s and then World War II forced the College to postpone the building of a new library for another two decades.” -Ever Ancient, Ever New Villanova University

We have come a long way since our brief stay in Austin Hall! Can you imagine working in such a small space without headphones to eliminate distractions? Or maybe the headphones are the distractions?


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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Last Modified: August 29, 2019