Black Is... Black Ain't

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This documentary by filmmaker Marlon Riggs explores issues of black cultural identity in America, intermixing footage of performers like poet Essex Hemphill and choreographer Bill T. Jones with insight and analysis by prominent voices in culture, race relations, and media such as Angela Davis, Bell Hooks, and Cornel West.

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Critic Reviews for Black Is... Black Ain't

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  • Whatever its excesses, "Black Is . . . Black Ain't" stands as a testament to a dedicated and daring man.

    Dec 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • By the end of Black Is... Black Ain't, an almost entirely non-black audience in Vancouver will have been disabused of its narrow perceptions of African-American life. It's an important gift, bequeathed by a beautiful soul.

    Aug 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A still relevant call for communion among diverse African-American communities, and an elegy for an activist-artist.

    Feb 18, 2009 | Full Review…

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