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African American Studies

Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement.

Pt.1. Pioneers (41 min.)--Pt.2. A theatre of our own (37 min.)--Pt.3. Black theatre and beyond (35 min.). Performers: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Lonne Elder, Lloyd Richards, James Earl Jones, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Vinnette Carroll, Ed Bullins, Richard Wesley, Ntozake Shange. Produced & directed by Woodie King, Jr. 110 min.
Related web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog

Black to the Promised Land

A group of problem students from the Street Academy High School of Brooklyn are taken on a trip to Israel. They experience the everyday life of the Jewish community in a kibbutz. Both Jewish and Black youngsters seem surprised in finding that love, respect and friendship can grow in spite of ethnic differences and the color of their skin. Produced and directed by Madeleine Ali. 1991. 97 min.
Related web sites: Description from Icarus Films catalog

Black Warriors of the Seminole

The untold story of an unusual and lasting alliance between Seminole Indians and Southern Blacks. Traces the special bond of mutual dependence that survived slavery, war and discrimination as it follows the escape of Black slaves from Georgia and South Carolina plantations to Florida where they integrated into the Seminole Indian tribes. The Seminoles and Blacks fought side by side against enraged slave owners and the U.S. Government. 1990. 30 min.

Black Women On: The Light, Dark Thang.

Explores the politics of color within the African-American community. Afro-American women, representing a variety of hues, speak candidly about the longstanding "caste system" that permeates black society and share personal stories about how being too light or too dark has profoundly influenced their life and relationships. A film by Celeste Crenshaw and Paula Caffey. c1999. 52 min. ; Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

Black Women Writers

A discussion dealing with criticism by black men that black women writers have achieved their success by focusing criticism on black males. 28 min.

Black Women, Sexual Politics and the Revolution

Black feminist women speak candidly on issues of sex, class and gender roles. The film examines how African American women deal with issues of poverty, battering, and lack of health care, and addresses how women's roles in community activism are often overlooked or ignored. Also examines the media portrayal of Afro-American women with an emphasis on the representation of Black women in music videos. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 1991. 30 min.

Black, Bold & Beautiful: Black Women's Hair

Explores some of the tangled dilemmas surrounding black hairstyles -- to "relax" one's hair into straight tresses or to leave it "natural" and nappy -- choices which raise questions of conformity and rebellion, pride and identity. This informative primer examines the importance of various hairstyles to Afro-American women and how these styles define the personal identity of each woman. Director, Nadine Valcin 1998. 40 min. ; Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

Blacking Up: Hip-hop's Remix of Race and Identity

This documentary examines the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth and asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation. Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce an ugly history? Against the unique backdrop of american popular music, the film explores racial identity in the United States.

Blacking Up: Hip-hop's Remix of Race and Identity

This documentary examines the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth and asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation. Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce an ugly history? Against the unique backdrop of american popular music, the film explores racial identity in the United States.

Blacks & Jews

Early in the 20th century black and Jewish Americans joined forces against bigotry and for civil rights but in the late 1960's each group turned inward and the coalition fell apart. This film examines the history of this collaboration and recent racial conflicts between Afro-Americans and Jews and attempts at understanding and reconciliation, with particular emphasis on events in New York City and Oakland, California. A film by Deborah Kaufman. 1997. 85 min.

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