African-American Studies

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NO VIETNAMESE EVER CALLED ME NIGGER

African-American Studies  New York City 

Filmed at the Harlem Fall Mobilization March in 1967, this video lets people in the streets, as well as black Vietnam vets, speak out about social protest, life in New York's black ghetto, and the connection between racism and war.

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MINOR ALTERCATION, A

African-American Studies  American Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Dramatizes a real-life incident involving a fight between two high school girls--one white, one black-and then traces in parallel fashion the response of the two families to the incident, revealing the real feelings underlying racial tensions as well as the existence of common interests.

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PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI

African-American Studies  American Studies  Sociology 

A contemporary portrait of the small southern town where, in June 1964, three young civil rights workers were murdered for registering blacks to vote. In the thirty years since, Philadelphia, Mississippi has retained its infamous reputation as a racist backwater.

GANDY DANCERS
GANDY DANCERS

African-American Studies  American Studies  Labor Studies  Music  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Features the musical traditions and verbal recollections of eight retired African-American railroad track laborers, whose occupational folk songs were once heard along the railroad lines that crisscross the South.

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FACING THE FACADE

African-American Studies  Education 

Examines the experience of black students on predominantly white college campuses and how they cope with feelings of alienation, frustration, and discrimination.

STEPPIN'
STEPPIN'

African-American Studies  Dance  Latin-American Studies  Performing Arts  Political Science  Sociology  Children & Young Adult 

Introduces viewers to the step show, an exciting dance style popular among black fraternities and sororities. In addition to many rousing, crowd-pleasing performances, the program examines the cultural roots of steppin' in African dancing, military marching and hip-hop music, and discusses its contemporary social significance on college campuses.

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ALL GOD'S CHILDREN

African-American Studies  American Studies  LGBTQ  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Shows how the Black Church has embraced African-American lesbians and gay men as dedicated members of its spiritual family.

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BLACK UNICORN: DUDLEY RANDALL AND THE BROADSIDE PRESS, THE

African-American Studies  Literature  Directed by Women 

Chronicles the life and literary career of a major black American poet, Dudley Randall, who has published six books of poetry and edited several anthologies of black poetry.

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WHO'S GONNA TAKE THE WEIGHT?: AFRICAN AMERICAN AND SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH

African-American Studies  African Studies  New York City  Peace & Conflict  Children & Young Adult 

This provocative documentary blends interviews with young black people in New York City and in Soweto, South Africa, focusing on the similarities and the contrasts between the lives of black teenagers in both countries.

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UPON THE SHOULDERS OF OUR ANCESTORS

African-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the aspects of culture and heritage that African Americans have brought into the new millennium.

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LASTING IMPRESSIONS

Art History  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Profiles lithograph artist Robert Blackburn, one of the few black printmakers to emerge from WPA-sponsored arts projects, including the Harlem Art Center, during the Thirties. His prints have been exhibited widely and he has also had a long teaching career, but the now 77-year-old Blackburn is best known as the founder and director of the Printmaking Workshop, which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.

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CISSY HOUSTON: SWEET INSPIRATION

Women's Studies  Music  African-American Studies 

This biographial profile of a woman whose career has successfully combined gospel and popular music moves from smoky clubs to a Sweet Inspirations reunion concert, from nostalgic gospel singing with The Drinkard Singers to a sold-out concert with Cissy's daughter Whitney.

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