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Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Writing about a critically acclaimed film that inspired Beyonce’s Lemonade is not an easy feat. What exactly am I supposed to say about Daughters of the Dust that is new or original? I felt overwhelmed because there was so much I loved, so much to say, but I didn’t know how to begin. Its visual…… Continue reading Daughters of the Dust (1991)

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A Warm December (1973)

Viola Davis wisely said that diversity is not a trending topic. The work and commitment required to bring inclusive stories to screens both big and small must always be our focus. We have to hold Hollywood accountable, support films led by people of color, and demand representation across the board. The statistics highlighting the disparity…… Continue reading A Warm December (1973)

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2017 Blind Spots: Malcolm X (1992)

Spike Lee’s biopic of the legendary black leader is a magnum opus. Malcolm X is one of the most arresting figures in American history. He is not just black history. He preached black unity and black self love, but his condemnations of white people and white supremacy were swift and harsh. How can one possibly…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: Malcolm X (1992)

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To Brooklyn, on her 100th birthday

“My life has been about surviving. Along the way, I also became an artist.” Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was destined for stardom. In The Hornes: An American Family, an inspiring record of family history and achievement, Lena’s daughter Gail Buckley maintained that Lena inherited her star potential. The Hornes were already stars. They weren’t athletes…… Continue reading To Brooklyn, on her 100th birthday

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An education: Losing Ground (1982)

I pledged to watch 52 films by women this year, and watched my first this past week. Directed by Kathleen Collins, Losing Ground was also a perfect chance to see a mostly unknown indie film about a black woman directed by a black woman. Kathleen Collins was only 46 when she died of breast cancer…… Continue reading An education: Losing Ground (1982)