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28 Black Films You Need To See To Keep Your Race Card

Originally posted on Scott Woods Makes Lists:

Seeing as how Black History Month has already started, this list is a little late. And yet, after a conversation with someone I THOUGHT was a good friend today, I realized that it’s never too late to get your black card revoked for not having done your homework. You can’t be a truly progressive modern black person if you haven’t at least seen these 28 films. Think of this as a Black History Month advent calendar: 28 days to better blackness,* complete with reasons why.

Day 1 – Purple Rain

If you want to know why Prince is still such a big deal at 55 and bringing in Super Bowl ratings at 11:00 at night on a shit show like New Girl it’s because 30 years ago he did this little student film called The Kid & His Weird Biker Gang, totally reinventing not only what it meant to…

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Sam Pollard Directs New Doc on Life & Legacy of August Wilson – Coming to PBS in February


#AugustWilson @PBS #saveTheDate 2/20/15

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

August Wilson - American Masters

Coming to PBS primetime next month, as part of its AMERICAN MASTERS series, is the documentary, “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand,” airing on February 20 at 9pm ET.

Directed by Emmy and Peabody-winner Sam Pollard (long-time Spike Lee editor, as well as a director and producer in his own right), the documentary explores the life and legacy of Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson – the man some call America’s Shakespeare — from his roots as a Pittsburgh activist and poet, to his indelible mark on Broadway.

Unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews, and new dramatic readings, bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling each decade of the 20th century African American experience. The film features new interviews with Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, Suzan-Lori Parks, Phylicia Rashad, his widow/costume designer Constanza Romero, and others, sharing stories of the late…

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Open Yale Courses: Department of African American Studies

Yale Open Course alert!  African American Studies… Because, it’s necessary.  #GetIt

The African American Studies Department examines, from numerous disciplinary perspectives, the experiences of people of African descent in Black Atlantic societies, including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Courses explore the innovative, complex, and distinctively African American social structures and cultural traditions that Africans in the diaspora have created. Students are exposed to the historical, cultural, political, economic, and social development of people of African descent. Emphasizing a diasporic framework of analysis, the department demands that students acquire both an analytic ability rooted in a traditional discipline and interdisciplinary skills of investigation and research. Learn more at http://www.yale.edu/afamstudies

More here: http://oyc.yale.edu/african-american-studies/afam-162#sessions

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Ice Cube Debuts Full N.W.A Biopic Trailer In Australia (VIDEO)


Curious… but sitting on the fence waiting for more.

Originally posted on AllHipHop:

While out touring in Austraila, Ice Cube unveiled the full trailer of N.W.A’s biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which was caught on video by a fan. 

By the looks of the three-minute trailer, there’s no doubt that the film will vividly tell the compelling story of the gangsta rap pioneers. The cast includes Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. who plays his father, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella and Aldis Hodge as MC Ren.

The F. Gary Gray-directed flick is set to hit theaters in August of 2015. Peep the trailer below.

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