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African-American documentary filmmaker Marlon Riggs was working on this final film as he died from AIDS-related complications in 1994; he addresses the camera from his hospital bed in several scenes. The film directly addresses sexism and homophobia within the black community, with snippets of misogynistic and anti-gay slurs from popular hip-hop songs juxtaposed with interviews with African-American intellectuals and political theorists, including Cornel West, bell hooks and Angela Davis.

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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.

    December 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A still relevant call for communion among diverse African-American communities, and an elegy for an activist-artist.

    February 18, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Riggs' Black Is... Black Ain't completed and released in 1995 after his death, a film that once again aches with the memories of queer, black and femme individuals.

    November 2, 2020 | 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.

    August 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Whatever its excesses, "Black Is . . . Black Ain't" stands as a testament to a dedicated and daring man.

    December 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A still relevant call for communion among diverse African-American communities, and an elegy for an activist-artist.

    February 18, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Riggs' Black Is... Black Ain't completed and released in 1995 after his death, a film that once again aches with the memories of queer, black and femme individuals.

    November 2, 2020 | 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.

    August 25, 2017 | Full Review…

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