"Black Television Travels: African American Media around the Globe provides a detailed and insightful view of the roots and routes of the televisual representations of blackness on the transnational media landscape. By following the circulation of black cultural products and their institutionalized discourses—including industry lore, taste cultures, and the multiple stories of black experiences that have and have not made it onto the small screen, Havens complicates discussions of racial representation and exposes possibilities for more expansive representations of blackness while recognizing the limitations of the seemingly liberatory spaces created by globalization."
—Bambi Haggins, Ph.D., Arizona State University
"Global Black Television is a major achievement that makes important contributions to theanalysis of race, identity, global media, nation, and television production cultures. Discussions of race and television are too often constricted within national boundaries, yet this fantastic bookoffers a strong, compelling, and utterly refreshing corrective. Read it, assign it, use it."
—Jonathan Gray, author of Television Entertainment
"A detailed, well-researched examination of the ways black television culturally circulates and the ways industry lore continues to police how blackness is defined televisually in international spaces"
—International Journal of Communications
“A useful resource for people in broadcast media, intercultural communication, intergroup relations, media studies, and critical cultural studies.”
—W. Alvarez, Choice
"Timothy Haven’s meticulously well-researched and thoughtful study Black Television Travels provides an expansive perspective on the movement of African American programming and the media industry’s conventional wisdom that affects the feasibility of its journey. […]Black Television Travels offers a detailed and insightful view of the routes and roots of televisual representations of Blackness on the transnational media landscape and a model for the rigorous examination of the ways in which industrial conventional wisdom continues to define and confine how culturally specific televisual stories can be told and sold.”
“Through his work, Havens breaks down the intricate dealings of the television industry, and reveals groundbreaking shows created by and/or portraying African Americans and the impact they had on setting both ‘industry lore’ and the global marketing of several genres of U.S. television programming.”
—The Journal of African American History