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Watch Now: Melvin Van Peebles’ 1998 Doc “Classified X”- A History of African American Stereotypes in Cinema

Watch Now: Melvin Van Peebles' 1998 Doc "Classified X"- A History of African American Stereotypes in Cinema

Melvin Van Peebles‘ 1998 documentary, Classified X, explores racist stereotypes of African Americans in the history of cinema, beginning with the silent film era.

Van Peebles narrates throughout; you are highly recommended to see it if haven’t done so by now. The documentary, directed by Mark Daniels, is quite compelling and provides a poignant and relatively thorough insight on the historical portrayal of African Americans on screen in both non-black and black films.

It’s now streaming on Netflix; feel free to watch it there. However, I was able to find it in full on YouTube, although divided in six parts; which I’ve embedded below.


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It sad that even now when Hollywood is investing heavily in franchises that clearly have issues with quality and that there ideas. They can not see how embracing diversity now would better for their business model now. Instead waiting for the current business model to fall through.


Yeah, it's really good, but some of the choices were questionable.

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