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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

For Us The Living: The Medgar Evans Story (1983)



























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Starring Howard E. Rollins, Jr. (A Soldier's Story) as civil right activist Medgar Evers and Irene Cara (Aaron Love Angela) as his wife Myrlie, For Us The Living: The Medgar Evers Story traces the life of the former insurance salesman turned field secretary for the NAACP, who was instrumental in organizing boycotts against discriminating southern white merchants and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi. Howard E. Rollins, Jr.’s riveting performance as Evers makes all the more poignant his struggles and triumphs, and the battle for equality that would shockingly end with his assassination at the hand of white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hot Biskits (1931)















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Virtually unseen for more than 8-s years, Williams's first film is a one-reel comedy short in which a rivalry between two men is played out in a high-stakes game of mini-golf.

The Darktown Revue (1931)









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As a filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux was something of a firebrand, but his attitudes and methods were anything but predictable - often leveling criticism at certain strata of the African-American community. His most outrageous film is a traditional minstrel show - an olio of broad comedy and choral interludes. It is an acknowledge of minstrelsy as a defining tradition of African-American stage performance. If nothing else, The Darktown Revue is an invaluable historical document for recording on film the "Hard Shell Sermon" routine popularized by turn-of-the-century minstrel performer Amon Davis. but there is something else. True to form, Micheaux's depiction of a minister is not flattering. Davis's comic sermon of gibberish is a scathing satire of charismatic religion, made even more troubling by the fact that it is performed by a black man in blackface.By the same token, one cannot help but wonder if Micheaux was further provoking his audience by having the uplifting Donald Heywood choir open the film with a rendition of "Watermelon Time." 

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