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Black Is Black Ain't

Erica Doyle

Black Is Black Ain't

(1994, Marlon Riggs)

Black Is Black Ain't


The great Marlon Riggs spent the final year of his life composing this extraordinary exploration of Black identity that finds the director traversing the country talking to people about what constitutes “Blackness”, while critiquing prejudices like homophobia that affect the community. Performances by Bill T. Jones and Essex Hemphill, plus appearances by cultural icons including Angela Davis, bell hooks and Cornel West deepen the ever-relevant conversations. Ever since screening TONGUES UNTIED in the first year of Q/A/F, we’ve been waiting for someone to select this film, and thanks to our guest presenter, the brilliant poet Erica Davis, that day is here. Don’t miss it.

Screened: August 15, 2016


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