Viewers weighed in on Bill Duke’s Light Girls documentary and the overall sentiment is that it was lackluster at best, extremely problematic at worst. Perhaps it’s time for a more critical documentary on race and colorism to be made.
Making its world-premiere as part of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) month-long celebration honoring civil rights legends will be “Light Girls,” Bill Duke’s documentary.
The film, which is a follow-up to Duke’s “Dark Girls,” the critically-acclaimed film that focused on the narratives of dark-skinned women, will tell the untold stories of lighter-skinned women around the globe.
The director and producer of a critically-acclaimed documentary centered around the lives of the young black experience is giving more individuals the chance to be featured.
Woke Up Black. Again. is the sequel to Mary F. Morten’s film, Woke Up Black.
Earlier we reported that director Spike Lee was working on a documentary about Little League World Series breakout star Mo’ne Davis.
The short documentary, Throw Like a Girl, chronicles how Mo’ne was discovered and became involved in baseball. The documentary also shows Mo’ne playing basketball, her favorite sport.
Filmmaker Spike Lee is hoping to make a documentary about Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis and her team.
Along with Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, Davis captured the hearts of watchers of the Little League World Series.
A Chicago-based activist whose violence-prevention work was featured in a critically acclaimed documentary has been diagnosed with cancer.
Friends have started a fundraiser campaign in hopes of raising money for Ameena Matthews’ treatment.
Orange is the New Black star LaVerne Cox may be famous for her roles on the big screen, but the trans activist is also taking an active role in standing up for the rights of black people.
Cox was so moved by the story of Cece McDonald, a transgender woman who was sentenced to time behind bars for defending herself during a fight, that she decided to promote Cece’s story through a documentary.
According to statistics, 72 percent of African American children are born to single parents.
A new documentary “72 Percent,” aims to analyze “beyond catastrophic” statistics through conversation about the effect of policies regarding welfare, social norms and celebrity examples on what they refer to as a “disturbing epidemic.”
For its third installment, the “Hidden Colors” docuseries is tackling racism head on. The series takes a look at the cultural history of African Americans, through the lens of identity and race in America.
But “Hidden Colors 3” goes beyond the traditional narrative of lynchings and race relations in the country, by offering an in-depth look at “The Rules of Racism.”
Filmmakers Squeaky Moore and Kenneth “KT” Nelson, along with executive producers Terrie M. Williams and Mari Yanuzzi will host the “Face of Darkness” – Journey to Healing event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in New York City at 6 p.m.
If it appeared as though some of the scenes from CNN’s documentary series “Chicagoland” weren’t authentic, that’s because they weren’t.
More than 700 emails reviewed by the Chicago Tribune reveal that a production team worked hand in hand with the mayor’s advisers to develop storylines, arrange certain camera shots and review news released officially announcing the show.
Worldstar Hip Hop has become a haven for videos that present mostly blacks in an unflattering light.
But despite the site’s reputation, its latest film, “The Field: Violence, Hip Hop & Hope in Chicago”, highlights a very serious issue that continues to plague our communities.
This is an introduction to a series of ongoing posts featuring youth voices and images from Graduation, a multimedia project about Chicago youth violence. I hope to create a collection of youth voices working to create positive change, break negative stereotypes and provide insight into Chicago violence while challenging current social issues.
In 2010 I began collecting newspaper clippings about Chicago youth violence, and the growing number of youth killings haunted me. I knew I wanted to do something but I wasn’t sure what kind of impact I could make. In 2011 reality struck closer to home when my cousin Cam was killed to gun violence. Although Cam wasn’t a youth, seeing the grief and irreversible devastation my family experienced made my urge to make a difference stronger.
Don’t miss a free screening of the highly anticipated documentary Free Angela Davis & All Political Prisoners at the University of Chicago tonight at 6pm.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Joy James, Professor of Humanities & Social Science at Williams College, Mariame Kaba, Founding Director of Project NIA, and attorney Standish Willis.
Woke Up Black to Screen at Harold Washington College on February 25:
2012 Black Excellence Award-winning film followed by post-screening discussion with director and documentary subjects
Filmmaker and activist Mary F. Morten’s documentary Woke Up Black, winner of the 2012 Black Excellence Award in Documentary Filmmaking from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, will screen at Harold Washington College, 30 East Lake Street, Room 103, in downtown Chicago on Monday, February 25, at 3 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the film begins at 3:00 p.m. A postscreening discussion featuring Director/Producer Mary F. Morten, documentary subject Sheldon Smith, and Black Youth Project Principal Investigator Dr. Cathy J. Cohen, whose research inspired the film. To register, please visit http://wokeupblackhwc.eventbrite.com/. You do not have to be a Harold Washington student or staff member to attend.