By Montré Aza Missouri
Black Magic girl and Narrative movie examines the transformation of the stereotypical 'tragic mulatto' from tragic to empowered, as represented in self sustaining and mainstream cinema. the writer means that this modification is thru the character's trip in the direction of African-based religions.
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Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity by Montré Aza Missouri