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Read literary critic and scholar Adam Bradley’s article on Ralph Ellison and his classic novel Invisible Man.  There wil...
06/07/2021
Surreal Encounters in Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’

Read literary critic and scholar Adam Bradley’s article on Ralph Ellison and his classic novel Invisible Man. There will be a virtual conversation about the book on June 17 lead by Mr. Bradley. Avon Kirkland’s documentary Ralph Ellison: An American Journey is a California Newsreel release.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/t-magazine/ralph-ellison-invisible-man.html

Breaking with the dominant literary styles among Black writers at the time, the author expanded the limits of realism to create a world that was, and remains, all too familiar.

After nearly 80 years, Richard’s Wright’s novel The Man Who Lived Underground is finally published.  For more background...
05/14/2021
Richard Wright’s Newly Restored Novel Is a Tale for Today

After nearly 80 years, Richard’s Wright’s novel The Man Who Lived Underground is finally published. For more background on Wright’s’ life and work check out the California Newsreel release Richard Wright: Black Boy.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/books/review/richard-wright-man-who-lived-underground.html?searchResultPosition=1

Some 80 years after Wright finished it, “The Man Who Lived Underground” is still an urgent chronicle of the Black experience in America.

In “Radical Visions: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry” author  Soyica Diggs Colbert contributes to the renaissance as d...
04/15/2021
The Brief, Brilliant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

In “Radical Visions: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry” author Soyica Diggs Colbert contributes to the renaissance as did the California Newsreel release LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART by Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/books/review-radical-vision-lorraine-hansberry-biography-soyica-diggs-colbert.html

Soyica Diggs Colbert’s “Radical Vision” situates the playwright of “A Raisin in the Sun” as a writer who offered “a road map to negotiate Black suffering in the past and present.”

Tongues Untied and Accessing Archives with Steven Fullwood | Scribe
04/02/2021
Tongues Untied and Accessing Archives with Steven Fullwood | Scribe

Tongues Untied and Accessing Archives with Steven Fullwood | Scribe

Marlon Riggs’ (1957 – 1994) groundbreaking film, Tongues Untied, is a cornerstone within LGBTQ documentary cinema, its timeless articulation of the black gay male experience has inspired a generation of q***r identified artists and filmmakers.Through poetry, personal testimony, rap, and performa...

Tuesday,  February 23, 7pm ET.  A special screening of W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices to commemorate his 153r...
02/22/2021
W.E.B. Du Bois - A Biography in Four Voices | Scribe

Tuesday, February 23, 7pm ET. A special screening of W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices to commemorate his 153rd birthday in a program with director Louis Massiah, writers Thulani Davis, Wesley Brown and with an introduction by Sonia Sanchez. Also on the program will be the short film We Are Free Because of Harriet Tubman by Nadine Patterson.

Join us for a special screening in commemoration of W.E.B. Du Bois’ 153rd birthday. The long and remarkable life of Dr. William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B) Du Bois (1868-1963) offers unique insights into a momentous century in African American history. In the first film biography to document the pion...

02/02/2021
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Today Tuesday, February 2, 2:10-3 PT, the directors of AGENTS OF CHANGE, Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg will be discussing their film after a screening at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. The conversation is on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/8867892209)

http://newsreel.org/video/AGENTS-OF-CHANGE

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Yes.  As presented in the award-winning documentary, LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART.
12/22/2020
Lorraine Hansberry Was an Unapologetic Radical

Yes. As presented in the award-winning documentary, LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART.

Lorraine Hansberry is best known for her classic play A Raisin in the Sun. But she was also a committed radical who insisted that black workers must be at the heart of the struggle for liberation.

JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET streaming now at The Public Theater.
10/21/2020

JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET streaming now at The Public Theater.

The Public Theater's Virtual Gala 2020 - 2021 ...

Premiere on Tuesday, Oct 20 - 8:00 pm
Available for Streaming Thru Oct 24th

Includes a Powerful Statement from James Baldwin ...

Register Here to RSVP, Contribute & Attend Auction: https://publictheater.org/support-us/events-benefits/virtual-event-2020/virtualevent2020/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=21Forward.Together.Daybeforenogift%2Frsvp&utm_content=version_A&source_no=99633

10/09/2020
WORLD Channel

Monday. 10/12, 4 pm PT/7pm ET. California Newsreel's Cornelius Moore will participate in the panel discussion.

The History of White People in America short animated films are also included on the Race - The Power of an Illusion website under "Resources".

Join a MEET THE MAKERS: THE HISTORY OF WHITE PEOPLE IN AMERICA - the series examines how skin color has come to define race in our country. Featuring a conversation with the filmmakers and special guests, scenes from the animated series and musical performances with Nnenna Freelon, Pierce Freelon and Alan Thompson.

https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org/events/?mc_cid=542ba109b1&mc_eid=572b874698Friday, October 9, 11 am-1 pm PTThis ev...
10/04/2020
Race: The Power of an Illusion

https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org/events/?mc_cid=542ba109b1&mc_eid=572b874698

Friday, October 9, 11 am-1 pm PT

This event will consist of a one-hour screening of Part III of California Newsreel’s award-winning docuseries Race—The Power of an Illusion: The House We Live In (Part III), followed by a one-hour live-streamed panel discussion. The video and panel will explore issues of racial formation and citizenship as they unfolded in the early 20th Century in the US.

The video and panel will also consider the implications of whiteness and racial discrimination in the construction of legalized housing segregation in post-War World II America. Housing discrimination helped create concentrated poverty in cities as well as the great wealth differentials between African Americans and whites that persist today. Finally, the discussion will turn to what can be done to dismantle systemic racism and economic inequality.

All panelists from the University of California-Berkeley. Jason Corburn (Public Health/City and Regional Planning), Michael Omi (Ethnic Studies and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies), john a. powell (Director, Othering & Belonging Institute, Law School and African American Studies and Ethnic Studies), and Leti Volpp (Law and Faculty Director at Center for Race & Gender) with moderator Rachel Morello-Frosch (Public Health/Environmental Science, Policy and Management).

Join us Friday, Oct. 9 from 11am to 1pm Pacific Time on this page for a screening of Part III of Race—The Power of an Illusion followed by a one-hour panel discussion with experts! RSVP Here. (Click for recordings of the Part I and Part II panels). The documentary will be screened on this page, no...

Sunday, October 11 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET.  The next installment of the African Diaspora Film Club with the Museum of the Af...
10/04/2020
African Diaspora Film Club | Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (2020-10-11)

Sunday, October 11 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. The next installment of the African Diaspora Film Club with the Museum of the African Diaspora will be the California Newsreel release LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART. There will be an online discussion of the documentary on the writer, most widely known for A Raisin in the Sun. However Hansberry’s rich and regrettably short life was so much more. She was an advocate for left-wing politics, Black liberation and feminism who explored le***an identity.

https://www.moadsf.org/event/african-diaspora-film-club-lorraine-hansberry-sighted-eyes-feeling-heart/?instance_id=15798

Image credit: David Attie Join us for our monthly series, The African Diaspora Film Club. Modeled after our African Book Club, we will meet once a month to discuss a film that we have all viewed in advance of the discussion. The conversation will be moderated by Cornelius Moore, co-director of Ca

Friday, September 25, beginning at 1:00 PM Pacific Time.  Don’t miss the free live streaming of Episode 2 of California ...
09/18/2020
Race: The Power of an Illusion

Friday, September 25, beginning at 1:00 PM Pacific Time. Don’t miss the free live streaming of Episode 2 of California Newsreel’s pioneering documentary series RACE-THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION, followed by a forum of distinguished scholars: Gerald Horne, University of Houston; Terence Keel, UCLA; Lundy Braun, Brown University; Kim TallBear, University of Alberta; moderated by Denise Herd, UC-Berkeley. Episode 2: “The Story We Tell” uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. It’s an eye-opening tale of how the idea of race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural." (Screening and forum around Episode 3 will take place October 9.)

https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org/events/

Join us Friday, Sept. 25 from 1pm to 3pm Pacific Time on this page for a screening of Part II of Race—The Power of an Illusion followed by a one-hour panel discussion with experts! RSVP Here. (Check back for info on Part III). All viewers interested in the documentary screening portion of this eve...

https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org/events/On line today this afternoon Friday September 11, 2-4, a program on Race - ...
09/11/2020
Race: The Power of an Illusion

https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org/events/

On line today this afternoon Friday September 11, 2-4, a program on Race - Power of an Illusion with panelists Darlene Francis, UC Berkeley; Evelynn Hammond, Harvard; Leslea Hlusko, UC Berkeley, john powell, UC Berkley. Moderated by Osagie Obasogie, UC Berkeley.

Join us Friday, Sept. 11 from 2pm to 4pm Pacific Time on this page for a screening of Part I of Race—The Power of an Illusion followed by a one-hour panel discussion with experts! RSVP Here. Download the event flier here. (Also, RSPV for a Part II screening and panel here. Check back for info on P...

The New Yorker’s film critic Richard Brody recommends watching the documentary IDA B. WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE by Wi...
08/11/2020
Ida B Wells A Passion For Justice | The New Yorker

The New Yorker’s film critic Richard Brody recommends watching the documentary IDA B. WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE by William Greaves. Wells was a pioneering journalist, anti-lynching campaigner and supporter of women’s suffrage (although the vote was denied to many Black women in the South until the 1960s Civil Rights Movement). The film is a California Newsreel release available for streaming on Kanopy and Vimeo (Not on YouTube)
https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/movies/ida-b-wells-a-passion-for-justice

MoviesIda B. Wells: A Passion for JusticeAlamyWilliam Greaves, who directed the metafictional masterwork “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One,” made documentaries of similar originality, including “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice,” from 1989 (now streaming on Kanopy and YouTube). Wells, who ...

08/11/2020
calhum.org

Starting August 11, the documentary AGENTS OF CHANGE will be broadcast several times on PBS via America Reframed. Check local listings. The film examines the events in the 1960s when Black student activism led to Ethnic Studies programs at U.S. colleges. What took place is relevant to today’s struggles for racial justice. AGENTS OF CHANGE is a California Newsreel release.
https://calhum.org/event/broadcast-agents-of-change-on-world-channeestablishment l-2/2020-08-12/

Correction: August 12, 6 PM PT - Tracy Heather Strain, director of LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART in con...
08/10/2020
August 12: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart – Women in Film

Correction: August 12, 6 PM PT - Tracy Heather Strain, director of LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART in conversation with Dr. Taiyon Coleman. Sponsored by Women in Film

https://womeninfilm.org/updates/august-12-lorraine-hansberry-sighted-eyes-feeling-heart/

Join WIF in conversation with “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” director Tracy Heather Strain, moderated by Dr. Taiyon Coleman. The documentary is the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life, exploring the influences that shaped Hansberry’s childhood, future art, and activism. Cli...

October 12, 6 PM PT - Tracy Heather Strain, director of LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART in conversation w...
08/10/2020
August 12: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart – Women in Film

October 12, 6 PM PT - Tracy Heather Strain, director of LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART in conversation with Dr. Taiyon Coleman. Sponsored by Women in Film.

https://womeninfilm.org/updates/august-12-lorraine-hansberry-sighted-eyes-feeling-heart/

Join WIF in conversation with “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” director Tracy Heather Strain, moderated by Dr. Taiyon Coleman. The documentary is the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life, exploring the influences that shaped Hansberry’s childhood, future art, and activism. Cli...

Black Americans are 75% more likely to live near hazardous and deadly illness-causing facilities.  “The Refinery Next Do...
08/06/2020
Pollution Is Killing Black Americans. This Community Fought Back.

Black Americans are 75% more likely to live near hazardous and deadly illness-causing facilities. “The Refinery Next Door” by Linda Villarosa is about Philadelphia’s Grays Ferry neighborhood and the people who organize an environmental justice movement to fight back against the nation’s largest oil refinery.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/magazine/pollution-philadelphia-black-americans.html?searchResultPosition=1

African-Americans are 75 percent more likely than others to live near facilities that produce hazardous waste. Can a grass-roots environmental-justice movement make a difference?

The California State legislature has passed AB1460 supporting an Ethnic Studies requirement to graduate from a Californi...
08/04/2020
An Open Letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom on Ethnic Studies - CounterPunch.org

The California State legislature has passed AB1460 supporting an Ethnic Studies requirement to graduate from a California State University institution. It is awaiting the signature of California Governor Gavin Newsom. His office number is 916-445-2841 and here is a petition to sign. (https://www.change.org/p/california-gov-gavin-newsom-ca-gov-gavin-newsom-to-sign-ab-1460-bill-ethnic-studies)

And for background information on how Ethnic Studies was won at San Francisco State University in 1969, check out the California Newsreel release AGENTS OF CHANGE (http://newsreel.org/video/AGENTS-OF-CHANGE)

Dear Governor Gavin Newsom, As one of the few tenured Latina/o faculty members at the California State University (CSU)—the largest public university system in the country—I’m requesting that you sign Assembly Bill 1460 or AB 1460 (ethnic studies bill), once it reaches your desk. As a son of M...

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