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New Release! – BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez offers unprecedented access to the life, work, cultural/historical milieu and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez. A leading figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and an inspiration to today’s hip hop/spoken word artists, Sanchez for over 60 years has helped redefine American culture and politics.

Through February 29, 2016 there will be a link at the bottom of our BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez page to audio of a May 2014 conversation between Sonia Sanchez and Angela Davis. The dialogue was sponsored by Philadelphia's 900-AM WURD, the only African-American owned and operated talk radio station in Pennsylvania.

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez continues being screened around the country this Fall. It will be the closing night film in the New York African Diaspora International Film Festival on December 13.

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The Raising of America Now Available on DVD/Fall Public TV Broadcast

The long-awaited sequel to Unnatural Causes is now available on DVD. The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a five-part series which aims to reframe the way Americans view early child health and development. It asks: how can we better assure the conditions which enable all our youngest children the opportunity to thrive?

Beginning November 1, 2015 public TV stations across the country will broadcast the series’ signature hour. Please check here for broadcast dates and times. Or check your local listings.

New Release! - Furious Flower III – Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

Furious Flower III compiles close to five hours of the highlights from the 2014 Furious Flower conference featuring thirty-two of today’s leading African American poets in performance and conversation (among them Rita Dove, Toi Derricotte, Elizabeth Alexander, Quincy Troupe, jessica Care moore and Jericho Brown). This collection constitutes a video anthology of a vital decade in one of the most exciting and influential practices driving American literature in the Twenty-First Century. California Newsreel also released the highlights from previous Furious Flower conferences, Furious Flower I and Furious Flower II, and is now releasing Furious Flower – The Complete Edition composed of all of the Furious Flower conferences. Furious Flower – The Complete Edition is a multiple volume video collection constituting fourteen hours of once-in-a-lifetime readings by and encounters with leading African American poets.

Coming In December. Black Landowners in the Civil Rights Movement

California Newsreel will release Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi. The film tells the untold story of how a community of Black farmers obtained land during the New Deal era in the violently racist Mississippi Delta and the central part they played in the early 1960s. They used their economic independence and resources to house Movement volunteers, provided bail to those arrested and supported voting rights campaigns.

New Policy! 3 Year Site/Local Streaming Licenses

Reflecting the increased desire by institutions to have video available for their users via their password protected streaming portals, the acquisition of California Newsreel titles now automatically comes with 3 Year Site/Local Streaming Licenses with the purchase of all DVDs at the College/Corporation/Government Agency rate. Depending on the title, prices are either $195 or $295 for the right to stream a title via their password protected system for three years from the granting of the license. Institutions make their own digital files from the DVD. If you’d prefer a Video-on-Demand / Remote Streaming license, visit our partners: Alexander Street Press, Films Media Group and Kanopy Streaming.

Free Streaming of Segment from RACE-The Power of an Illusion Reveals the Making of the Segregated Suburbs

Where you live matters - for schools, wealth, even health. For years, public housing has been shunted to low-income communities, especially poor communities of color. A recent Supreme Court decision and new rules by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offer a chance to integrate public housing into higher opportunity areas. Unfortunately a recent article in the New York Times reveals how discriminatory mortgage lending is still happening.

To help Americans learn how government policy and banking practices helped produce the segregated suburbs and cities in the first place, California Newsreel has posted a 30-minute segment of Race - The Power of an Illusion on Vimeo for free video streaming. Please screen it, discuss and share with others.

The New Black-LGBT Rights and African American Communities

This award-winning and timely documentary boldly examines the challenging issues facing African American communities and gay civil rights with a particular focus on the role of faith institutions. While respectfully presenting the activism on differing sides, it makes a compelling case that the fight for LGBT rights in Black communities is an extension of the Black Freedom Struggle. Here is the recent TED Talk and interview by director Yoruba Richen describing why she made the documentary. Director Yoruba Richen wrote this article for the screening at the Council on Social Work Education annual meeting. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled same gender couples have the right to marry in all 50 states, there will be renewed interested in the film, both institutions and home viewers can purchase the film on DVD.

Unnatural Causes and Health Disparities

We’re pleased to see the media beginning to spotlight the harm done to Americans’ health by the nation’s glaring class and racial inequities. Join those around the country expanding the conversation beyond health care and ‘right choices’ by using California Newsreel’s prize-winning series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and the resources on its acclaimed companion website to explore how social and economic conditions can get under the skin, affecting health and well-being.

The Works of Marlon Riggs, a Resource Page and the Marlon Riggs Fellowship

All of the works by pioneering filmmaker Marlon Riggs are now available for digital licensing. We have created a Marlon Riggs Critical Resource page featuring articles, guides, transcripts and media. We are streaming for free the 58 minute personal and artistic biography of Marlon Riggs, I Shall Not Be Removed by filmmaker Karen Everett. Riggs became the youngest ever tenured professor at the University of California-Berkeley School of Journalism while making his landmark work, Tongues Untied. The school is raising funds for documentary fellowships in his honor and hopes to amass $500,000 by June 30.

Sheer Good Fortune – Celebrating Toni Morrison

The luminaries of contemporary African American letters - poets, novelists, critics and actors - gathered in October, 2012 to pay tribute to Toni Morrison, read from her writings and share what it has meant to their lives and work.

New Pricing and Digital Licensing for African Cinema

Launched in 1981, with 8 films from 5 countries, The Library of African Cinema now includes more than 50 films from 25 nations, including classic features by internationally renowned masters filmmakers like Ousmane Sembene (Faat Kine), Djibril Diop Mambety (Tales of Ordinary People and Gaston Kaboré (Wend Kuuni and Zan Boko)

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