Black Is...Black Ain't
An Exploration of Black Identity

Black Is...Black Ain't - An Exploration of Black Identity
Show More

Comments (2)

Anonymous picture
Nadia

Eternally relevant and fresh.

Anonymous picture
Alexander

Watched this for my film & culture class. I came up with a new term called "bladenity"

Related videos

bell hooks - Cultural Criticism & Transformation
bell hooks is one of America's most accessible public intellectuals. In this two-part video, extensively illustrated with many of the images under analysis, she makes a compelling argument for the transformative power of cultural criticism. In Part One, bell hooks discusses the theoretical foundations and positions that inform her work…
A Question of Color - The Subconscious World of "Color Consciousness"
The first documentary to confront a painful and long taboo subject: the disturbing feelings many African Americans harbor about themselves and their appearance. African American filmmaker Kathe Sandler digs into the often subconscious world of "color consciousness," a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial…
Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness - The Pioneering American Anthropologist of African Studies
Is there a politics of knowledge? Who controls what knowledge is produced and how it will be used? Is there "objective" scholarship and, if so, how does it become politicized? These questions are examined through this groundbreaking film on the life and career of Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963), the pioneering…
By Blood - Native American Men Fight for Cherokee Citizenship
A chronicle of American Indians of African descent battling to regain their tribal citizenship. BY BLOOD explores the impact of this battle, which has manifested into a broader conflict about race, identity, and the sovereign rights of indigenous people. The film demonstrates both sides of the battle, the shared emotional…
Souls of Black Girls - The Image of Women of Color in the Media
Filmmaker Daphne Valerius's award-winning documentary The Souls of Black Girls explores how media images of beauty undercut the self-esteem of African-American women. Valerius surveys the dominant white, light-skinned, and thin ideals of beauty that circulate in the culture, from fashion magazines to film and music video, and talks with African-American…
Through a Lens Darkly - Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. Bringing to light the hidden…
For Ahkeem - Challenges Facing African American Teenagers
This intimate coming of age story illuminates challenges that many black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive. One year before the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, a 17-year-old black girl in North St. Louis…
Reel Injun - On the Trail of the Hollywood "Indian"
Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world. Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Travelling through the heartland…
Welcome to Shelbyville
Set in the heart of America's bible belt, Welcome To Shelbyville follows a small Southern town as they grapple with rapid demographic change and issues of immigrant integration. Shot between the 2008 Presidential election and spring 2009, the film captures the complexity of the African American, Latino, white and Somali…
Legacy - The Powerful Voices of Three Generations of African-American Women
An Oscar-nominated portrait of an African-American family that dramatically captures their successes and failures as they struggle to overcome the devastating effects of poverty, welfare, and community violence. For four generations, the Collins family has depended on welfare and lived in Chicago's Henry Horner Homes, one of the most dangerous…
Am I Too African to be American? Too American to be African?
Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African? is a documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It specifically looks at how they wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and…
Cruel and Unusual - Black Panthers Fighting for Justice in Prison
This is the story of the Angola Three, three remarkable men - Robert King, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox - who as members of the Black Panther Party have been fighting for justice since the early 1970s. For decades left forgotten in the depths of America's bloodiest prison, between them…