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    On Film Criticism And Moving The Conversation Beyond Words (A History Lesson)

    From time to time, I like to dig into the S&A archives and dig up old items (usually op-eds/editorials/interviews) to repost, often because the content of those entries still apply, are still relevant, or call for a reposting due to a recent conversation, debate, or other related recently-posted ite...

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    Do You Eat Chitlins? "Electric Purgatory" And The Boundaries Of African-American Racial Identity

    The brilliant documentary film, ELECTRIC PURGATORY: The Fate of the Black Rocker, by filmmaker Raymond Gayle illuminates and challenges the boundaries of African-American racial identity as a substantive testimonial that reveals how the music industry and even some African-Americans themselves subsc...

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    The Greatest Lie Ever Told To The Black Filmmaker

    It would seem that the more different people tell the same lie, the easier it is for others to believe it as the truth. I have already discussed in several articles and in my book, SLAVE CINEMA: The Crisis of the African-American in Film, that there is a segregated relationship between how African-...

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    The “Collard Greens” Circuit: Alternative Model For Distribution & Exhibition Of Black Indies

    The “Collard Greens” Circuit: An Alternative Model for the Distribution and Exhibition of African-American Independent Cinema

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    Is An Art-Form Racist Or Is The Person Who Uses An Art-Form To Communicate A Racist Idea Racist?

    The Realist Tendency in African-American Film Aesthetics: Part two (CLICK HERE for Part one)

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    Are African Americans Capable Of Tolerating Cinema That Questions Our POV Of Ourselves As A Race?

    The Realist Tendency in African-American Film Aesthetics (Part one)

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    George Lucas' "Red Tails" - Tepid Feel Good Story Or Unvarnished Gaze?

    I cast a baleful eye at this film because I don't know if director, Anthony Hemingway, screenwriter, John Ridley or distributor Lucasfilm will have the guts to give us an unvarnished look into racism maintained in that time period against African-Americans in an unmixed company scene with white offi...

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    What Can Hip Hop Teach Filmmakers Of The New Black Film Movement On The Horizon?

    I have to admit, I've been in a time warp when it comes to music lately (I'll take Sade and Public Enemy easily over Lil Wayne). However, when the Watch The Throne album by Jay-Z and Kanye West dropped recently, I had to stop and take notice.

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    A Black Film Festival Undressed - ABFF 2011 Wrap-up

    Last weekend, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), generally considered to be the preeminent black film festival in the land (certainly one of the biggies), wrapped up another installment of its annual black cinema showcase – its 15th year, a remarkable accomplishment by almost any measure.

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    Was "Roots" Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies

    Sergio's post earlier today (Can A Serious Film Be Made About American Slavery?), reminded me of an editorial/survey I posted on the old Shadow And Act site, back in the fall of 2009, titled Was Roots Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies. I reposted it below, since a lot of you weren...

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