Black History

  • Film

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971 – A New Exhibition Completes a Historic Narrative

“I was blown away at how thoughtful this museum, still even under construction, was approaching its content and how committed it was and it still is to expanding public understanding of film history,” says Jacqueline Stewart, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, in a recent press preview of its exhibition, Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971. Five years ago, she had been invited to participate in the Regeneration Advisory Committee of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
  • Industry

Love Becomes a Tragedy In ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Since its founding, Hollywood has adapted to the screen hundreds if not thousands of literary works by white authors, but – with the exception of some anomalies such as Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple in 1985 – has largely ignored the work of their Black peers. In the last decade, however, the commercial and critical success of Black movies has opened Hollywood’s mind and wallet to bringing the work of Black literary icons to the screen.
  • Industry

“Da 5 Bloods” Warns of America’s Troubling Present

When Netflix decided to release Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods in mid-June last year, after it had missed its premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which was canceled due to Covid-19, it didn’t expect it to become the center of media attention and a source of political discourse. But neither did it expect the public’s eruptive reaction to the suffocating death of an African American, named George Floyd, at the hands of a White police officer.