By Montré Aza Missouri
Black Magic lady and Narrative movie examines the transformation of the stereotypical 'tragic mulatto' from tragic to empowered, as represented in self sufficient and mainstream cinema. the writer means that this change is thru the character's trip in the direction of African-based religions.
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