Appropriately, thought not necessarily intentionally on the heels of my Dark Girls review post… double shot courtesy of award-winning filmmaker/activist Stacey Muhammad.
First, check out this trailer for Redemption, For Colored Boys, which, as Stacey notes is the first in a series of films that address the lives and experiences of black men.
Starring Rob Morgan (Pariah) and Julito McCullum (The Wire), the film follows the life of Benjamin Boyd, Sr. who is determined to rekindle the spark between he and his wife, and n turn reunite his family, after nine years in prison.
Prior to that film, Stacey directed the award-winning short film I Am Sean Bell, Black Boys Speak, which, as the title suggests, features the reactions of black boys reflecting on the well-documented Sean Bell tragedy.
Stacey has also created the Reel Oscars – the Micheaux Awards, which she says will honor the best and often overlooked black artists in cinema. The innaugural event is scheduled to take place in Harlem in 2013.
Below I embedded both the trailer for Redemption and the entire 11-minute short I Am Sean Bell.
First, the trailer:
And here's the full 11-minute I Am Sean Bell for those who haven't seen it: