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African Americans in Film

10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)

Director, Robert Townsend. Cast: Andre Braugher, Karen Eyo,Charles S. Dutton, Mario Van Peebles, Ardon Bess, CarlaBrothers, Kedar Brown, Amanda Brugel, Joel Gordon. Adramatization of the true story of the formation of the firstblack-controlled union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping CarPorters. Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist establishes avoice for the forgotten workers of the Pullman Rail Company,where all black porters were simply named "George", afterGeorge Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves.95 in.

15 to Life (2002?)

Directed by Moon Jones. Cast: Moon Jones, Stefanie Tremblay,Daniel Zirilli, Jalene Mack, Alfred Holmes, Boyce Ellisl; specialappearances by Black Menace, Big Slack, J Dogg. It's prison life atits grittiest in this urban tale of three teenage boys who followin their father's footsteps through the violent system. When ayoung filmmaker begins a documentary on the boys, she discoversthat a dirty cop is behind their wrongful incarceration. Now shemust prove their innocence. 81 min.

3 Strikes (2000)

Directed by D. J. Pooh. Cast: Brian Hooks, David Alan Grier,Faizon Love, N'Bushe Wright. With two strikes against him, RobDouglas has two choices; either clear his name or go back to jailto face a twenty five year sentence. 82 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou_ (TV,1987)

Directed by Volker Schlondorff. Cast: Louis Gossett Jr.,Holly Hunter, Richard Widmark. A regular day in a Louisianasugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer, aracist, is shot. A group of old, black men takes a courageous stepby coming forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing.As the sheriff confronts the suspects, the young plantation ownerstands alone in her defense of this group of men who stand resoluteagainst decades of injustice. Based on the novel, A gathering ofold men, by Ernest J. Gaines. 94 min.

A History of Racist Animation

Contents: Film excerpts: Chinese laundry blues --Rasslin' match (Amos n' Andy) -- Hittin' the trail toHallelujah Land -- Pickaninny blues -- Scrub me, mama,with a boggie beat -- All this and rabbit stew --Little Black Sambo -- John Henry -- Jasper in thehaunted house -- Bosko shipwrecked -- Jungle jazz--Robinson Crusoe, Jr. -- Jungle jitters -- Shanty whereSanty Claus lives -- Musical Lulu -- Have you got anycastles? -- Ducktators -- Japoteurs (Superman) --You're a sap, Mr.

A Natural Born Gambler (1916)

Director: Bert Williams. "Our story centers upon the activities of a Negro fraternal organization, the Independent Order of Calcimine Artists of America. [Inside joke: "calcimine" is whitewash, and yet most of these black actors appear to have darkened their complexions with blackface makeup.] The group meet sin the back of a saloon. Their leader, Brother Scott, is a lawyer who disapproves of gambling-- although, after breaking up a pokergame, he doesn't object to appropriating others' winnings.

A Patch of Blue (1965)

Directed by Guy Green. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters,Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford. Accidentally blinded as a child,18-year-old Selina D'Arcey falls in love with a gentle and charmingman, Gordon Ralfe, whom she meets in a rare visit to a park. Herracist mother declares that because Gordon is black, theirrelationship cannot continue, forcing Selina to choose between herfamily and her heart. Based on "Be ready with bells and drums" byElizabeth Kata. 105 min.Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Directed by Daniel Petrie. Performers: Sidney Poitier, ClaudiaMcNeil, Ruby Dee. 1961 film based on the award-winning playabout a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Sideand the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each familymember sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and ofescape from grinding frustrations. Based on the play: A raisinin the sun by Lorraine Hansberry. 128 min.

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A Raisin in the Sun(TV, 2008)

Directed by Kenny Leon. Cast: Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, AudraMcDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Justin Martin, Bill Nunn, David Oyelowo,Ron Cephas Jones, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Stamos. AnAfrican-American family living on the South Side of Chicago comesinto a sudden financial windfall, the potential uses of whichdivides them bitterly. Based on the play: A raisin in the sun byLorraine Hansberry. Special features: optional audio commentary byLeon; "Dreams worthwhile : the journey of 'A raisin in the sun'"featurette (23 min.). 131 min.

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