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Tonight’s film is a treat. Oscar Micheaux’s 1919 film Within Our Gates is the earliest surviving film by an African-American director. This version does not have sound, but honestly, if you put any classical or jazz album on while playing this, it will add a lot to the experience. This is my experience anyway with […]
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Here’s something not terrible: a previously unknown picture of Harriet Tubman, showing her at a significantly younger age that the famed picture of her. Pretty cool. This reminds me of the days, lo all those 3 weeks ago, when everything wasn’t truly horrible and something like this would be a nice topper to a pretty […]
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Scott linked to this story last week, but I thought it was worth its own conversation, especially with our commenter ThrottleJockey continually talking about how we need to throw away the key and citing black support for the 1994 crime bill. So did African-Americans support the 1994 crime bill? These authors argue taht white politicians […]

Superfly

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On March 26, 2015
This week in my film class, I made the students watch Birth of a Nation out of class and Superfly in class to get at depictions of African-Americans in film over the 20th century. The great Gordon Parks directed the latter and while it is a cheaply made blaxploitation flick, it also has some truly […]

Passing as Indian

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On July 19, 2014

This is a fascinating piece on African-Americans negotiating the Jim Crow South by putting a turban on their heads and claiming they were Indian. Which worked, as they avoided the racial laws. Also, y

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