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Black is... Black Ain't
     

Black is... Black Ain't

Director: Christiane Badgley, Marlon Riggs, Bill T. Jones

Cast: Christiane Badgley, Marlon Riggs, Bill T. Jones

 
Black is…Black Ain't is an unabashedly frank and honest, and at time humorous, look at black identity in America. In his final project before loosing his battle with AIDS, acclaimed director Marlon Riggs challenges the traditional definition of blackness while issuing a ringing call to African-Americans to celebrate diversity within the community so that the

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Black is…Black Ain't is an unabashedly frank and honest, and at time humorous, look at black identity in America. In his final project before loosing his battle with AIDS, acclaimed director Marlon Riggs challenges the traditional definition of blackness while issuing a ringing call to African-Americans to celebrate diversity within the community so that the dream of unity can be achieved. A powerful and intelligent critique of racism, sexism, and homophobia, the film trains a bright spotlight on the exclusiveness and rigidity of the black institutions of family, church, and community. Incisive storytelling and commentary from prominent black intellectuals, including Angela Davis, bell hooks, and Cornel West, as well as a performance by Bill T. Jones and Riggs's owns hospital bed insights stir provocative debate and add reinforcement to Riggs's bold vision for a humanity that embraces all people. Likening black America to a batch of this grandmother's gumbo, a stew with "just a little bit of every thing in it," Riggs explodes the myth that black America is monolithic.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
UPC:
0767685146330
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Time:
1:27:00

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Disc #1 -- Black Is... Black Ain't
1. A Personal Journey [6:49]
2. Shades of Color [13:06]
3. Manhood [13:02]
4. History [15:11]
5. Family [23:53]
6. Vision of the Future [15:32]

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