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African American Perspectives
The films in this collection provide the kind of critical analysis necessary for an appreciation and understanding of African American life and history. Included in this comprehensive set of documentaries are biographies of important literary and historical figures, films on significant historical events, urgent contemporary social issues and the enduring movements for racial justice. They are well-proven and effective resources for educators, student service providers, public libraries and community organizations. Discussion guides and transcripts are available for many of these titles.
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All African American Perspectives Titles
From Slavery to Jim Crow 
Foundations of the Freedom Struggle 
Turning Points of the Civil Rights Movement 
African American Culture 
Race Today and Tomorrow 
Race Today and Tomorrow 26 Titles Page:  1 , 2 , 3
AGENTS OF CHANGE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 66 minutes, 2016,  Subtitled for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing
This documentary tells the timely and inspiring story of how successful protests for equity and inclusion led to establishing the first Black and Ethnic Studies departments at two very different universities, San Francisco State (1968) and Cornell (1969). MORE...
ANTHEM, AFFIRMATIONS and NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN (NO REGRET)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 9 minutes, 10 minutes and 38 minutes, 1990-1992
A compilation of 3 works by pioneering filmmaker Marlon Riggs addressing issues of black gay male identity and confronting HIV/AIDS. MORE...
BADDDDD SONIA SANCHEZ
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 91 minutes, 2015,  English SDH
(subtitled for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing)
BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez offers unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet, educator and activist Sonia Sanchez who describes herself as a woman with razor blades between my teeth. MORE...
BIG MAMA
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 35 minutes, 2000
Facilitator Guide Available
This Academy Award-winning documentary explores issues facing elders who raise their grandchildren. Big Mama, 90, takes on Walter, 9, after convincing welfare officials that "age has nothing to do with love." MORE...
BLACK IS...BLACK AIN'T
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 87 minutes, 1995
Facilitator Guide Available
Marlon Riggs's final film debates Black identity, white critiques, sexism, patriarchy, homophobia, colorism and cultural nationalism. MORE...
BLACKING UP: HIP-HOP'S REMIX OF RACE AND IDENTITY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 57 minutes, 2010,  
Explores tensions surrounding white participation in Hip-Hop. For some, it is an example of cultural progress. For others, it is just another case of cultural appropriation. MORE...
BLACKS AND JEWS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 85 minutes, 1997
Facilitator Guide Available
Scholars and critics probe the history and psychology of victimization shared between Blacks and Jews and their exploitation by the media. MORE...
BRICK BY BRICK: A CIVIL RIGHTS STORY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 53 minutes, 2008
Facilitator Guide Available
Brick by Brick Tracks the landmark case, U.S. vs Yonkers, which challenged housing and educational discrimination in the North and pushed for desegregation. MORE...
FRANTZ FANON: BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASK
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 52 minutes, United Kingdom, 1996, in English and French with English subtitles
Dramatization and documentary trace Fanon's intellectual development. Cultural critics position his pioneering studies of the psychological impact of racism on the colonized and colonizer alike. MORE...
HERSKOVITS AT THE HEART OF BLACKNESS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 57 minutes, 2009,  
A compelling examination of the career of Melville J. Herskovits, the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and controversial intellectual who established the first African Studies Center at an American university and authored, The Myth of the Negro PastMORE...

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