In what could only be called a ground breaking and historic move, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) have partnered to bring viewers The Black Experience on Film, a comprehensive month-long programming initiative showcasing portrayals of African Americans throughout cinematic history. Hosted by 13 different members of AAFCA from print, online and broadcast outlets throughout the country, programming begins Sept. 4 and continues every Tuesday and Thursday in primetime.
The Black Experience on Film provides a wide-ranging retrospective from the 1920s through the 1990s including:
- Exploring Black Identity airing Sept. 4 – AAFCA president Gil Robertson & cultural critic Ronda Racha Penrice explore films ranging from Oscar Micheaux’s searing look at racial violence in Within Our Gates (1920) to Julie Dash’s 1991 story following three generations of Gullah women in Daughters Of The Dust
- Hollywood Confronts Racism airing Sept. 6 – AAFCA co-founder & film critic Shawn Edwards & HipHollywood.com’s Jasmine Simpkins examine films such as A Raisin in the Sun (1961), about a black Chicago family searching for a better life, and A Soldier’s Story (1984) about the murder of a black U.S. Army sergeant
- African Americans Coming of Age airing Sept. 11 – Awards Circuit’s Clayton Davis & Jasmine Simpkins highlight films such as Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Bellefonte’s starring vehicle Bright Road (1953), about a troubled elementary student, and Sounder (1972), about the struggles of a family of black sharecroppers during the Great Depression
- Black Romance in Film airing Sept. 13 – longtime entertainment journalist Lee Thomas & Emmy-winning journalist Kelley Carter examine films such as Anna Lucasta (1958), featuring performances by Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis Jr., and A Warm December (1973) starring Sydney Poitier as a widowed American doctor who falls for an African princess
- African-American Musicals airing Sept. 18 – Black Tree Media’s Jamaal Finkley & Black Tomatoes host Carla Renata delve into Cabin in the Sky (1943), about a gambler’s efforts to get into heaven, and Carmen Jones (1954), which made star Dorothy Dandridge the first African American to be nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award
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