Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is America’s first lady of literature. Her books encompass black American history but live and breathe in the present, rich in vivid characters, haunted by ghosts. Born poor in Ohio in 1931, she passed yesterday at the age of 88 from pneumonia. She tells Alan Yentob how her father hated whites so much he wouldn’t let them in the house. Her masterpiece, Beloved, shows the horrors of slavery perhaps better than any other artwork. She talks as she writes – with warmth and wit.
Tag Archives: documentary
Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism [trailer]
Hidden Colors 3: The Rules Of Racism is the third installment of the critically acclaimed documentary series Hidden Colors 1 and 2. This installment of Hidden Colors tackles the taboo subject of systematic racism. The film explores how institutional racism effects all areas of human activity,and the rules,laws,and public policies that are utilized to maintain this system. Hidden Colors 3 features commentary from a diverse group of scholars,authors,and entertainment icons,which includes actor/rapper David Banner (The Butler), comedian Paul Mooney (The Chapelle Show),New York Times Best selling author Tariq Nasheed, Civil Rights activist/comedian Dick Gregory,Hip-Hop legend Nas,and many more.
Hidden Colors 3 is directed by New York Times best selling author and film producer Tariq Nasheed
The Human Camera – Extraordinary People (Stephen Wiltshire)
Stephen Wiltshire is a 33-year-old autistic man with an extraordinary talent. He is one of less than 100 people in the world who is recognised as an autistic savant. Whereas some savants excel in mathematics or music, Stephen is an accomplished artist, and is capable of producing highly accurate drawings of buildings and cities after seeing them just once.
Although Stephen is today a quiet and confident young man, he endured a difficult childhood as family and teachers struggled to cope with his autism — a condition that was, at the time, very poorly understood and rarely diagnosed.
Cityscapes and buildings quickly became Stephen’s artistic focus, possibly because they represent the kind of stability, solidity and repetition that autistic people often crave. In a short space of time, Stephen became internationally renowned for his strikingly detailed and technically accurate drawings, and since his teenage years he has travelled the world sketching famous buildings and cities.
Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ [Trailer]
Watch the full-length program at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365112662…
Dubai MEGAMall [documentary]
documentary on the world’s largest shopping mall in Dubai
Nipsey Hussle – “Crenshaw and Slauson”
This video takes you through Nipsey Hussle’s hood of Crenshaw and Slauson where locals speak about what he means to the community and also how he has inspired them. Nipsey also performs “Crenshaw” off of his new mixtape available NOW on DatPiff! http://www.datpiff.com/Nipsey-Hussle-…
American Promise [trailer]
A documentary 13 years in the making, American Promise follows the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten to high school graduation and provides a powerful narrative about the lives of african-american boys and their families, as well as the factors that contribute to the achievement gap in education for black males.
Opens in New York October 18. See here for cities & showtimes: http://on.fb.me/17lBHAZ
The Trials of Muhammad Ali [trailer]
THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject’s life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America’s controversies over race, religion, and war. From Kartemquin Films – makers of such acclaimed documentaries as HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS – and Oscar-nominated director Bill Siegel (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND), THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.
The Ultimate Snitch – White Boy Rick Werse [documentary]
“Former teenage drug dealer White Boy Rick became one of the most famous informants in history when he began meeting in secret with Detroit police to sell info about other criminals when he was just 15. He would go on to become entrenched in corrupt politics. Here, Rick discusses his story, and how his relationship with the police ended when he was convicted of drug trafficking at age 17.”
Jay Z “Made In America” [trailer]
check out this brand new trailer from the upcoming Ron Howard-produced documentary on the debut year of the Mi.I.A. The film will officially debut at the Toronto Film Festival on September 7th and on SHOWTIME Networks this October 11.