What progress were made to recognize African Americans in everyday life during the 1980s?

There was an increased coverage of the black perspectives in mainstream culture.

Black actors were seen more frequently on television and in movies. The young black film directors Spike Lee, Robert Townsend, and John Singleton made films that showed the black experience. They also hired blacks and gave them opportunities in the industry.

Rap music, which was created by young blacks who lived in the cities, told of daily life as a black youth and gained a huge following, among both black and white youths.

Magazines specially targeted to black readers reported on black accomplishments, continuing a trend started by John H. Johnson’s Ebony.
A new generation of writers, such as Terry McMillan, Connie Briscoe, and Bebe Moore Campbell, told about the lives and relationships of black women, revealing a huge market for such works.

Children’s books, both fiction and nonfiction, depicted blacks and other minorities as fully realized characters, and told of the history of blacks and other minorities so that the coming generations would be aware of those who had come before them.