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STEP (Documentary)

Whew.  @Stepthemovie

I watched this trailer a few days ago without sound and without hearing a word, I knew it would be good.

   

Step hits select theaters August 4th.  Head over to http://www.foxsearchlight.com/stepmovie/ for more info!

KiKi Documentary Trailer

YES.  YES.  YAAAAASSSSSS!  This looks like Paris is Burning for the new era and I am here for it!  KiKi opens in NY and will be available on demand on iTunes and Amazon on 3/1.  Visit the film’s official site herekikimovie.com

The Schomburg Center presents Black Power 50 Films: “¡Palante, Siempre Palante!”

 As part of their Black Power 50 programming, a retrospective of the past 50 years of black power around America, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is featuring a film documenting the Young Lords movement, ¡Palante, Siempre Palante!.  The screening takes place on 11/10/16 and tickets are free but an RSVP is required and can be done so via their website here.  

Via the Schomburg website:

In the midst of the Black Power Movement, liberation was sought by communities across the globe. In the U.S., Puerto Rican and Latino/a communities fought for economic, racial and social justice. The Young Lords emerged as a powerful voice for the independence of Puerto Rico, empowerment and improved living conditions in America. ¡Palante, Siempre Palante!, directed by Iris Morales, a grassroots activist who was the first woman to join the East Harlem branch of the Young Lords, features interviews with activists. After the screening, Morales will join three former Young Lords–Martha Arguello, Carlos Aponte, and Carlos Rovira –for a talkback with Johanna Fernandez, PhD, professor of History, Department of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College (CUNY).

Pusha T interviews Ava DuVernay on 13th

Ava DuVernay’s 13th (streaming on Netflix) should be required viewing for everyone, especially those enrolled in higher education with a focus on law.  It’s simply that good and eye opening.  King PUSH (of all people!) sat down with Ava to talk about the film.

Ava DuVernay’s “13th” Official Trailer

I’m really looking forward to @AVAETC‘s new documentary on Netflix.

“The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.”

Via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66F3WU2CKk

Must Watch: The Art of Organized Noize Documentary

If you don’t know the name Organized Noize, you definitely know the songs (here’s a spoiler, they are behind two of my favorite songs of the 90’s).  You know the groups Outkast and Goodie Mob but Organized Noize is the foundation.  Netflix is currently streaming this exceptional documentary, The Art of Organized Noize, on the group about their rise to stardom and of course everything that comes with it.  Do check it out.

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Film – A Ballerina’s Tale

Nelson George turned the lens on Misty Copeland for his film A Ballerina’s Tale.  The film centers around Misty, the first African American woman to become a principal dancer at New York’s American Ballet Theatre.  The film is now being shown on PBS and Netflix.  Check out this interview with Nelson about the film with PBS Independent Lens.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/nelson-george-captures-the-poise-of-misty-copeland-to-tell-a-ballerinas-tale/