Vincent Harding (1931-2014) | Sam Greenlee (1930-2014)

Vincent Harding passed away on May 19, 2014. From the NYT: Vincent Harding, a historian, author and activist who wrote one of the most polarizing speeches ever given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which Dr. King expressed ardent opposition to the Vietnam War, died on Monday in Philadelphia. He was 82. … Continue reading Vincent Harding (1931-2014) | Sam Greenlee (1930-2014)

FILM: Akomfrah’s The Stuart Hall Project

via The Stuart Hall Project | BFI: Highly acclaimed at this year’s Sundance and Sheffield Documentary festivals, the new film from award-winning documentarian John Akomfrah (The Nine Muses) is a sensitive, emotionally charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. A founding figure of contemporary cultural studies – and one of the most inspiring voices of … Continue reading FILM: Akomfrah’s The Stuart Hall Project

FILM: Retracing African Methodism

This documentary project retrieves the liberation legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in three different locations united by common narratives related to struggles against enslavement and Apartheid. In retracing the connected stories of the AME in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Namibia, the documentary reveals the extraordinary legacy of African Methodism outside the … Continue reading FILM: Retracing African Methodism

FILM: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

via PBS: "Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiering Tuesday, October 22, 2013,  8-9 p.m. ET on PBS and airing six consecutive Tuesdays through November 26, 2013  (check local listings). … Continue reading FILM: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

VIDEO/DVD: Return to Gorée, with Youssou N’Dour

Return to Gorée, directed by Pierre Yves Borgeaud, 2007 (New York: ArtMattan Productions, 2007), DVD. via official website: "Retour à Gorée" raconte le périple du chanteur africain Youssou N'Dour sur les traces des esclaves noirs et de la musique qu'ils ont inventée : le jazz. Son défi : rapporter en Afrique un répertoire de jazz et … Continue reading VIDEO/DVD: Return to Gorée, with Youssou N’Dour

VIDEO/FILM: Viramundo (with Gilberto Gil)

via official website: After decades of sold out shows and international recognition, musician Gilberto Gil embarks on a new kind of world tour through the southern hemisphere. From Bahia, he travels to the land of the Aborigines of Australia and the townships of South Africa, ending in the Brazilian Amazon region. With the same passion, … Continue reading VIDEO/FILM: Viramundo (with Gilberto Gil)

FILM/ESSAYS: Chronicle “Conversation” on Spielberg’s Lincoln

The Conversation Blog at the Chronicle of Higher Ed hosted a roundtable on Spielberg's recent release Lincoln: As viewers flock to see Lincoln, and reviewers rave about Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance, historians are raising different issues: How accurate is the film’s portrayal of emancipation? What does it leave out? The Chronicle Review asked several scholars to … Continue reading FILM/ESSAYS: Chronicle “Conversation” on Spielberg’s Lincoln

Documentary: For Love of Liberty

"At the center of this multi-faceted initiative is a four-hour, High Definition, two-part documentary television series Executive Produced by Louis Gossett Jr., introduced by Colin Powell and hosted on-camera by Halle Berry. Ten years in the making, the film uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the … Continue reading Documentary: For Love of Liberty