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African American Studies

Black Like Who?

Filmmaker Debbi Reynolds explores her racial identity as a black who grew up in a white neighborhood while learning about the experiences and feelings of her parents and new black friends in college. 1995. 30 min.
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Black on White.

An installment of the PBS series The Story of English. Probes the roots of Black English, including the American slave trade, plantation life, the Creole influence, and Harlem's jive talk. Discusses the influence of this variety of English on white American speech and literature. 60 min.

Black Panther Miscellany

Four archival films from the late 1960s presenting the political leaders and activities of the Black Panther Party.Contents: l. Angela Davis prison interview (Container title: Angela Davis in Prison) (col., 17 min.) -- 2. Bobby Seale in prison (b&w, 15 min.) -- 3. Columbia University, 1970 (Container title: Jean Genet and Black Panthers) (col., 12 min.) -- 4. Alameda County, California (Container title: Black Panthers in Alameda County ) (b&w, 8 min.). [c2001?] 53 min.

Black Panther.

Interviews with founding members of the Black Panther Party and documentary footage of the organization's meetings and marches. (NOTE: this is basically the same film as Off the Pig []) 15 min.

Black Panthers (Le Panthers Noir; Huey!)

Huey!: Original uncut international documentary directed by French filmmaker Agnès Varda of the "Free Huey" rally held at the Oakland Auditorium on February 17th 1968. 46 min. ; also
See also: Mauldin, Beth. "Searching for the Revolution in America: French Intellectuals, Black Panthers and the Spirit of May '68." Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory; 2008, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p219, 25p Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only

Black Picket Fence

Director Sergio Goes' hard-hitting documentary about Tislam Miller, a struggling rapper living in the public housing projects of Brooklyn's East New York, one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods. Tiz is making impressive strides in his career, but remains tied to his old life, primarily through his drug-dealing best friend, Mel, who has just gotten out of prison. Tiz comes to real that escape may a goal beyond possibility. 2003. 93 min.

Black Power

A discussion between American writer Nat Hentoff and William F. Buckley on the meaning of the term "Black Power," its opponents and implications for race relations and the Black community. Includes significant discussion of the quality of education in "Black ghettos," the writings of James Baldwin and the removal of Adam Clayton Powell from office. Originally taped as an episode of the television program Firing Line on March 7, 1967. 50 min.

Black Power Mixtapes

During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the 60s and 70s, Swedish Television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home. Now, after more than 30 years in storage, this never-before-seen footage spanning nearly a decade of Black Power is finally available. The tape highlights the key figures and events in the movement, as seen in a light completely different than the narrative of the American media at the time. Features: featurette; additional interviews with Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm, and Louis Farrakhan; trailer.

Black Power, White Backlash, 1966.(Civil Rights Movement: Primary Sources)

When the radical wing of the civil rights movement began equating redress with rebellion rather than nonviolent protest, "Black power" became the rallying cry. In this program, filmed in 1966, Mike Wallace explores public sentiment during that turbulent period by assessing the attitudes, opinions and reactions on both sides of the color line. Interviews with major figures of the movement discussing black militancy, economic power, fair housing, nonviolence, and the tensions in Cicero, Illinois, the Selma of the North capture the fervor of 1966. Reporter: Mike Wallace. 56 min.

Black Shadows on a Silver Screen.

A tribute to the Black film industry which co-existed with the Hollywood motion picture industry from 1915 to 1950. Includes segments from such rare films as By Right of Birth (1917), Body and Soul (1925), and Siren of the Tropics (1932). Features performances by Paul Robeson, Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and others. 52 min.

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