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Winter Quarter 2018: Documentary Film Series

“Cakes da Killa: No Homo” & “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” (Black Queer Identity & Hip Hop)

January 24, 2018
4:30 – 6:30 PM
Richardson Library, Rosati Room 300
Discussant(s): Dr. Jalylah Burrell and Michael Riley

Join the Center for Black Diaspora, Black Cultural Center, and the LGBTQA Resource Center in a viewing of documentaries Cakes the Killa: No Homo by Ja'Tovia Gary, Beyond Beats and Rhymes by Byron Hurt, and a variety of videos from queer hip-hop artists across the globe. This screening will be followed by a dialog about the intricacies, interplay, and manifestations of queerness, hip-hop and blackness, facilitated by Ida B. Wells-Barnett post-doctoral fellow Dr. Jalylah Burrell, LGBTQA Resource Center Coordinator Michael Riley, and additional invited guests.


Carmen & Geoffrey (African-American Dance Traditions)

January 31, 2018
2:00 - 4:30 PM
Richardson Library, JTR 115
Discussant: Iega Jeff (from Deeply Rooted Dance Theater)

This film is about the work of American artists, Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder who stepped forward in the 1950's to play a vital part in the newly energized world of modern dance. It is also about a forty-seven-year long marriage and creative partnership that has sustained their accomplishments.


"Richard Wright – Black Boy" (African-American Literature)

February 12, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 PM
DePaul Theatre School, Room 546
Discussant: Dr. David Gilliam

The first documentary film on the life, work and legacy of Richard Wright. Born outside Natchez, Mississippi in 1908, Wright overcame a childhood of poverty and oppression to become one of America's most influential writers. His first major works, Native Son and Black Boy, were runaway best sellers which are still mainstays of high school and college literature and composition classes.

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"I Am Not Your Negro" (African-American Literature)

February 21, 2018
3:00 - 5:30 PM
Richardson Library, JTR 115
Discussant: Dr. Chernoh Sesay

"I Am Not Your Negro" is a political statement and a deep look into the mind of James Baldwin, one of the 20th century's greatest writers and social critics.  The film’s narrative voice comes from this unfinished manuscript, in addition to Baldwin’s published works and various television appearances. Unlike conventional documentaries that cede narrative control to family members, friends, and experts to shed light on the film’s subject, Peck’s film relies almost exclusively on Baldwin’s writings, read by Samuel L. Jackson. 

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