“Rikers: An American Jail”: A New Film on Mass Incarceration

By Michael T. Barry Jr This post is part of my blog series that announces the release of new films in African American History and African Diaspora Studies. Today, I am featuring “Rikers: An American Jail”  which is currently screening at locations across the country and is streaming at RIKERSfilm.org. *** Bill Moyers With an introduction by executive editor Bill Moyers, this […]

Help support Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando’s new film, Sisters of the Heart

We are writing to share a unique opportunity to help support the work of Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando​. Her latest documentary, ​Sisters of the Heart, ​now in production, presents the little known story of the Oblate Sisters​ of Providence, a Black Catholic order that, since 1829, has educated poor children of African descent from Cuba to […]

‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL’ DIRECTOR: THE STORY OF THE ‘ANGOLA 3’ IS TRIUMPH OF HUMAN SPIRIT

by KEVIN GOSZTOLA Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3. Still from trailer of the documentary film, “Cruel And Unusual” The “Angola 3” spent more time in solitary confinement than any other incarcerated individuals in the United States, and now, a documentary telling their story will soon be released. Director Vadim Jean is raising funds so the […]

James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whitenezz

By Chris Hedges   The work of James Baldwin, pictured here in 1969, is as relevant today as in his time. The essayist, novelist, poet and social critic died in 1987. (Allan Warren / Wikimedia Commons)(CC-BY-SA) Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen—I would have […]

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Will Make You Rethink Race

To call “I Am Not Your Negro” a movie about James Baldwin would be to understate Mr. Peck’s achievement. It’s more of a posthumous collaboration, an uncanny and thrilling communion between the filmmaker — whose previous work includes both a documentary and a narrative feature about the Congolese anti-colonialist leader Patrice Lumumba — and his […]

THIZ MOVIE UNRAVELZ THE ERASURE OF TAP DANCE FROM AFRIKAN AMERIKAN KULTURE

Don’t sleep on student filmmakers, y’all. The New School’s Simone Maurice made the film “Lost In The Shuffle” for her thesis and has since been gaining traction in the documentary world. Following Emmy award winning choreographer and tap dance instructor Jason Samuels Smith, the documentary offers a glimpse into the history and erasure of West […]

The Hyena Men

In the early moments of The Hyena Men, a fascinating documentary short produced by CCTV Africa, we see performers interacting with a series of dangerous wild animals, including baboons, hyenas and poisonous snakes. Their daring feats aren’t being performed on the glittering stages of Las Vegas, but on the crowded streets of Nigeria. It’s part […]

Hear a Great 4-Hour Radio Documentary on the Life & Music of Jimi Hendrix: Features Rare Recordings & Interviews

The legacy of Jimi Hendrix’s estate has been in conflict in recent years. Since his father’s death in 2002, his siblings have squabbled over his money and battled unlicensed and bootleg venders. But Hendrix’s musical legacy continues to amaze and inspire, as Janie Hendrix—his stepsister and CEO of the company that manages his music—has released album after album of rarities over […]

Geronimo Pratt & Rice/Poindexter Documentary

“Black Panthers” documentary about Geronimo Pratt, David Rice, and Edward Poindexter. Rice/Poindexter case starts at 27:19 2:30 Opening 3:00 Geronimo Pratt 5:50 Kathleen Cleaver 8:21 Jean Hamilton, Juror 9:06 David Bernstein, Defense Lawyer 10:06 Landon Williams, Ex-Black Panther 12:08 DeWayne Wolfer, Ballistics Expert 13:22 Barbara Read , Witness 14:34 Kenneth Olson, Victim 15:38 Stuart Hanlon, […]

Chuck D to narrate “Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story”

An inspirational story of a young athlete, Spencer Haywood, who started off picking cotton in Mississippi to becoming part of the NBA Hall of Fame. Martin Spirit’s documentary “Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story” narrated by Chuck D, explores the NBA standout’s landmark Supreme Court case against the league’s “four-year rule,” which eliminated the chance […]