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Film Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

When Franco Rosso’s “Babylon” premièred at Cannes, in 1980, it was hailed for its soulful depictions of a community largely invisible in British media.Photograph Courtesy Kino Lorber Repertory / Seventy-Seven

What “Babylon” Captured About Racism and Reggae

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By Hua Hsu, The New Yorker — In June, 1948, the H.M.T. Empire Windrush docked in the Port of Tilbury, near London. Among its passengers were approximately eight hundred West Indian workers, mostly from Jamaica, who had come in response to England’s postwar labor shortage. Some planned to earn money and return home; others wondered what it would be like to stay. There was a lot of work to be…

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WBAI Fund Drive Edition of Vantage Point Radio: Roadmap to Apartheid – Narrated by Alice Walker

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RECORDED 2/04/19 On this WBAI Winter Fund Drive Edition of Vantage Point Radio, the Professor Dr. Ron Daniels talks about the film “Roadmap to Apartheid” (Narrated by Alice Walker) and the conflict between Israeli and the Palestinians. Roadmap to Apartheid A film narrated by Alice Walker about the roots of the conflict between Israeli and the Palestinians, and its parallels to the former Apartheid regime in South Africa. The producers…

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Nov 26th Edition of Vantage Point Radio: Slave Conditions In Sugar Land, A Social Contract for Working People

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Topics: Slave Conditions In Sugar Land: The Modern Convict Lease System • A New Social Contract for Jobs and Working People • Preview of New York African Diaspora International Film Festival. Guests: Cathy Albisa (Exec.Dir., National Economic and Social Justice Initiative, New York, NY), Atty. Darryl Scott (Social Justice Advocate, Houston, TX) and Maurice Carney (Exec. Dir., Friends of the Congo, Washington, D.C.)

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Danny Glover in Sorry to Bother You, produced by Annapurna Pictures. , Vulture

Danny Glover on New Film “Sorry to Bother You” and the Myth of Postracial America

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What Danny Glover wants that “White voice” to tell us and how we’ve gotten the American Dream so wrong. Zenobia Jeffries, YES! — Boots Riley’s debut film, Sorry to Bother You, offers a renewed sense of urgency in how we respond to the racist and capitalist divides that impact us all. Satirical, dystopian, part sci-fi. Emotionally and intellectually, it’s everything we didn’t know we needed. Cassius “Cash” Green represents many unemployed young Black males…

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Ava DuVernay’s Documentary ’13TH’

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In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying…

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Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is a Searing Indictment of Trumpism

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The latest from the legendary filmmaker, which made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, features a David Duke character who sounds awfully familiar to Donald Trump. By Richard Porton, The Daily Beast — CANNES, France — Nothing if not topical, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, which premiered in competition on Monday at Cannes, takes aim at resurgent racism in the age of Trump by dredging up a little-known episode from the 1970s. In 1978, when the…

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Marvel’s “Black Panther” and Uncolonized African Sexuality

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By Lucy Odigie-Turley — How much do I know about Wakanda? Not a lot, but I’ll bet they have really good sex. When I decided to write about my reaction to Marvel’s Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda from my perspective as a first-generation Nigerian immigrant, sex wasn’t the first thing to come to mind. But the more I saw of this hidden nation — free of the historical scars of colonialism…

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"Black Panther" Is Inspiring Black Brazilians to Occupy Elite, White Shopping Malls

“Black Panther” Is Inspiring Black Brazilians to Occupy Elite, White Shopping Malls

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The organizers of the rolezinho preto, the Black Collective (Coletivo Preto) and the Grupo Emú, chose the whitest and most elitist spaces in one of Rio’s toniest neighborhoods to stage a group viewing of “Black Panther.” “HOW DIFFERENT. EXOTIC,” commented one women as she watched a group of almost 50 people — mostly young and black, many wearing bright fabrics with African designs — stroll through the Shopping Leblon mall. They came…

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Why “Black Panther” Is Revolutionary, Even Though It Isn’t

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Because this film is not just about poverty and it’s not just about race: it’s about colonialism. By Aviva Chomsky — Of course a Marvel Comics, Hollywood, high-budget capitalist product isn’t going to be actually revolutionary.  Or isn’t going to meet every revolutionary purist’s standards.  But there is a lot that is revolutionary about this movie. How many Hollywood films delve into the political economy of colonialism?  We’ve had plenty…

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The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger

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The revolutionary ideals of Black Panther’s profound and complex villain have been twisted into a desire for hegemony. Black Panther is a love letter to people of African descent all over the world. Its actors, its costume design, its music, and countless other facets of the film are drawn from all over the continent and its diaspora, in a science-fiction celebration of the imaginary country of Wakanda, a high-tech utopia that is a fictive manifestation of African potential unfettered by slavery and colonialism.

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