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Marlon Riggs

Ethnic Notions.

Written and directed by Marlon Riggs. Covering more than one hundred years of United States history, traces the evolution of Black American caricatures and stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. Loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, grinning Coons, savage Brutes and wide-eyed Pickaninnies roll across the screen in cartoons, feature films, popular songs, advertisements, household artifacts, even children's rhymes. These caricatures permeated popular culture from the 1820s to the Civil Rights era and implanted themselves within the American psyche. 1986. 57 min.

Long Train Running: a History of the Oakland Blues.

A film by Marlon Riggs. Examines taverns and clubs in Oakland, California where a distincitive style of blues music unique to Oakland was developed and performed. Includes interviews with blues musicians in the Oakland area and segments from the San Francisco Blues Festival. 29 min. ; also on VHS
Bibliography on this topic: Marlon Riggs bibliography

[Riggs, Marlon] Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien: No Regret.

A film by Marlon Riggs, five gay Black men who are HIV-positive discuss how they are battling the double stigmas and racism surrounding their infection and homosexuality. 29 min.
See also: I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs. Bibliography on this topic: Marlon Riggs bibliography