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African American Literature & the Arts

[Morrison, Toni] Identifiable Qualities: A Film on Toni Morrison.

Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning black novelist Toni Morrison. Here she addresses the events of the Sixties which led to her first novel, the use of personal experience as sources for her strong, black female characters, and the advantage to publishers of placing black writers in the mainstream. 26 min.
Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

[Morrison, Toni] The Dick Cavett Show: Toni Morrison.

Host Dick Cavett interviews the African-American novelist Toni Morrison about her views on American literature and her own writings. September 23 and 23, 1983. 60 min.

[Morrison, Toni] Toni Morrison (World of Ideas with Bill Moyers).

Bill Moyers talks with Toni Morrison about how the invented world of fiction connects with life, about the inner city, the liberation of love and motherhood, the new world black woman who defies the master narrative. Running time not available.

[Morrison, Toni] Toni Morrison--A Writer's Work With [ World of Ideas with Bill Moyers].

Parts I & II. Toni Morrison discusses the difficulties of writing about the painful subjects that occur in her novels. 60 min.

[Naylor, Gloria] Gloria Naylor: A Conversation with Gloria Naylor.

Gloria Naylor reads from her works and discusses the value and difficulty of maintaining an African American identity in a world dominated by whites. 21 min.
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[Poitier, Sidney] Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light

Explores the life and career of accomplished actor, writer, director, humanitarian and diplomat, Sidney Poitier through his body of work and through the words of his colleagues and admirers. Still the only black American to receive an Academy Award for "Best Actor," he forever altered the racial perceptions held by motion picture audiences and Hollywood executives. Directed and narrated by Lee Grant. 2000. 60 min.

[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

[Ringgold, Faith] Faith Ringgold Paints Crown Heights

Faith Ringgold details the creation of the quilt she created to represent the twelve diverse cultures and traditions comprising the area of Crown Heights in New York City. 1995. 28 min.

[Ringgold, Faith] Faith Ringgold: The Last Story Quilt. (Portrait of an Artist)

Presents her view of the black female in society. Influenced by authors James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka, Ringgold is credited with developing the "Black Light" color palette. 28 min.

[Robeson, Paul] Paul Robeson.

A biography of the black man who became both a famous singer and actor who used his international acclaim to focus world attention on racial injustices suffered by Afro-Americans. His efforts world-wide for working class people in the 1930s, 40s and 50s are highlighted in this documentary. By 1950, Robeson's battle for freedom had cost him his rising career. Includes film clips from his performances, including Black spirituals and folk songs of other nations, interviews and archival photographs. 1994. 36 min.