Episode 115: I Am Not Your Negro

September 26, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the 2016 Oscar-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” which dives into the life of the writer, poet, and social critic, James Baldwin. The film is largely based on Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember this House” and the effect that three civil rights leaders’ deaths had on Baldwin. Specifically, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X in that order are the basis of the three acts of the film.

Documentaries are rare on this show, and generally don’t work directly with our beat by beat show style. So on this episode, we will do something a bit differently. For this particular episode clips and moments from the film have been chosen to garner an overall discussion about those topics that are broached by Baldwin directly and the director, Raoul Peck, indirectly.

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Are We Hearing Black Women? & Preview to Episode 115

September 19, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss the idea that "Black men are the white people of Black people." What does that concept mean when translating it out to ideas of intraracial sexism, abuse, etc. The hosts posit the idea that not listening, or truly hearing someone is a product of centuries of gender inequality, and some aspects of the modern day Internet culture. 3 Black dudes take on the topic of "what the hell is our problem" when it comes to supporting Black women. The next film introduced is the 2016 "I Am Not Your Negro." The documentary on the famous Black intellectual James Baldwin.

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Episode 114: The Family that Preys

September 13, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to do their yearly duty of reviewing one Tyler Perry film. This year's herculean task is on the 2008 family drama film, The Family that Preys. Often mentioned as Tyler Perry's best film, the movie focuses on two families and their intersecting lives both good and bad.

The two families, the Cartwrights ( a rich white family that owns a multimillion dollar construction company) and the Evans family (a working class Black family, which some work for the Cartwrights).

The film's main focus is on the relationship between Charlotte Cartwright (Kathy Bates) and Alice Evans (Alfre Woodard) as the two best friends and matriarchs of their respective families. Their friendship endures while Andrea Evans is cheating on her husband with William Cartwright (who is also married). Lines are crossed, people are humiliated, and somehow these families endure.

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Black Atheism & Preview to Episode 114

September 5, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to in this preview episode to announce the next film, "The Family that Preys." The guys will do their yearly duty of tackling one Tyler Perry movie every 365.25 days. The random topic this week is about Jay's experience with being a Black atheist in Black spaces, and what drove him to his heathen ways (lol). Jay and Micah also have existential conversations on what it means to be religious as a Black person in America.