Unfortunately Black films that does NOT follow the bias and buffoon style story-telling that films like "Friday" and "Barbershop" will continue to face opposition by old and young executives in Hollywood because of Hollywood's natural and unashamed bias toward Black intellects.
There's a unyielding segment of Hollywood producers, directors and studio heads that prefer the unflattering images and misconceptions of "black folks"! It helps them feel better about not being the outcasts of Europe and the Middle East. So it is imperative to write and produce good film works that a larger portion of American black and white audiences desire and are willing to pay for it. The Butler, Best Man Holiday, 12 years a slave to name a few recent HITS by Black film-makers, clearly concludes that there is a marketplace for GOOD,CONTENT DRIVEN black film!
In fact, Hollywood does NOT have the FINAL say about who can produce or write a hit film anymore! However, black writers, producers and directors MUST continue to collaborate with like minded actors and investors (like Brad Pitt) and educate the international marketplace of potential investors and distributors so that the chokers and chains of Hollywood will never find their way around the necks, ankles, and wrists of talented black writers and producers ever again.
Renowned entertainer and human rights activist, Harry Belafonte gives a profound and inspiring account of his career and personal growth in the context of the human rights struggle. Mr. Belafonte discusses his friendship with Dr. King and his work in the entertainment industry.
C. Daniel Dawson is a scholar and lecturer of African Diaspora and its impact on American culture. A multi-talented artist, Professor Dawson has worked as a photographer, filmmaker,curator, and arts administrator.
This important new 30-minute documentary film by Tania Cuevas-Martinez and Lubna Khalid focuses on the current issues of racial profiling and hate crimes on the rise in the United States since September 11. "Haters," journeys through key historical periods and contains personal accounts from victims as well as interviews with prominent activists and theorists. Featuring spoken word by Suheir Hammad (currently performing in "Def Poetry Jam," the hot new cutting edge presentation of performance poetry on Broadway.)