Not everyone has seen the new James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro (2016) yet. So, Mic has created a new video comprised of stars like Samuel L. Jackson, Janelle Monae, Lupita Nyong’o, Common, Chris Rock, Yara Shahidi and so many others who want you to “read James Baldwin” and know they iconic thinker whose work lies at the foundation of much of the movement building work that is happening today.
Directed by Raoul Peck, the film is Oscar-nominated and has been well-received by critics and fans alike.
The short video features one of Baldwin’s most iconic quotes, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” as well as this one from contemporary Baldwinian writer and thinker Robert Jones Jr. (who goes by Son of Baldwin):
“We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”
Watch the powerful video below and find out where to see the film near you here: