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Film Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

A relief sculpture of the goddess Mami Wata on the wall of a voodoo temple in Benin.

Mermaids Have Always Been Black

By Editors' Choice

The uproar over Disney casting Halle Bailey as the Little Mermaid overlooks generations of Caribbean and African folklore. By Tracey Baptiste, The New York Times — As a young child growing up in Trinidad and Tobago within sight and walking distance of the Caribbean Sea, I was gripped by the intrigue of mermaids. I was introduced to one version of a mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, whose tale of a magical girl…

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Toni Morrison

A Documentary That Shows Another Side of Toni Morrison

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

This moving and profound portrait serves as a fitting biographical tribute as well as a piercing, often painful recount of African American history from slavery and the Civil War to the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights movement and beyond. By Syreeta McFadden, The Atlantic — One of my white teachers in high school insisted that Toni Morrison would be confusing to me as a reader. So I approached the…

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Central Park 5 Casts a Hideous Glare on the Wrongful Conviction Epidemic

Central Park 5 Casts a Hideous Glare on the Wrongful Conviction Epidemic

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — The Central Park 5 has been the textbook poster case for the one thing that has consistently and horribly racially disfigured America’s criminal justice system. That’s the stain of wrongful convictions. The 5 have the happy and tragic distinction of being the most celebrated wrongfully convicted prisoners released from prison but in the decade since their exoneration and release hundreds of other prisoners with much…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Injustice Revealed and Dramatized

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux  — Many know them as the Central Park Five, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay forces to us see the five wrongfully convicted men as individuals. Their names are names we must remember, as individual, courageous, principled Black and Brown men. They are Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, and Kevin Richardson. DuVernay’s new Netflix mini-series, “When They See Us”, ask what “they” see when they see…

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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

By Editors' Choice

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

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

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

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

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

By Editors' Choice

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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