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Watch How On-Screen Interracial Relationships Evolved To Give Us 'Get Out'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 03.06.2017 | Black Voices

Last month, the social horror film “Get Out” was No. 1 at the box office and gained the rare, coveted 100 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tom...

Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation

Francis Levy | Posted 10.18.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

It's somewhat disconcerting that Nate Parker chose to name his film after D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), since the work of the great si...

When Should A Racist Film Be Required Viewing? Right Now.

Greg Garrett | Posted 09.23.2016 | Media
Greg Garrett

This semester, I taught a repugnant movie. On purpose.

The Past And Present Of Nate Parker

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.26.2016 | Arts
Richard J. Rosendall

Doesn't an African American artist deserve the same chance for rehabilitation that was extended to a white one? I have no easy solution, just questions and an old memory of vulnerability.

Who Tells the History

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

We must be bold enough to tell our own histories, even as we strive to listen more faithfully. The president reminds us, "America is not some fragile thing."

'The Birth of a Nation': A Century Later

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

The first major box office hit charged a staggering $2 admission and reached 50 million people before sound films appeared in 1927. Its millions in profits built Hollywood. Beyond profits, it aimed to educate the public in the values of white supremacy.

Birthers, Then and Now

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The most virulent haters of President Obama have long been called "Birthers." A major historical anniversary we observe this month suggests that the name is far more appropriate than has been realized.

Black Film Trailblazer's Story from 1920s Told in New Film

Kate Kelly | Posted 02.14.2015 | Entertainment
Kate Kelly

When he found the story of a little-known but highly successful black filmmaker from the 1920s, music producer Bayer Mack knew he had to correct history. Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood is the result of Mack's work. The film tells an important story and places race relations and black history.

Large Appliance Attacks on Directors: Michael Bay Just the Latest

Dan Mirvish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Mirvish

Though rare, the incident is far from the only case of large appliances being used to attack film directors.

One of Hollywood's First Movie Stars, One of Hollywood's First Dope Casualties: Wonderful Wallace Reid

Kim Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

Originally posted at my blog, Sunset Gun."Wally Reid was a 180-pound diamond..." -Cecil B. DeMille Wallace Reid loved cars. When not working in pictur...

Trayvon Martin and the Myth of Black Inferiority

Ronnie Reese | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ronnie Reese

As Trayvon Martin's death comes back into the national consciousness, we should be mindful of the devastating potential of centuries of brainwashing, especially when combined with gun violence.

Quentin Tarantino Blasts Famed Director: 'To Say The Least, I Hate Him'

Posted 12.27.2012 | Entertainment

Quentin Tarantino has no love lost for John Ford. "One of my American Western heroes is not John Ford, obviously," Tarantino, who directed the Spaghet...

Re-Birth of a Nation?

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The Birth of a Nation provides the key to explaining both the rise of the Tea Party and the totally irrational hatred that a substantial fraction of Americans holds for President Obama.

On The Artist, The Lure of Nostalgia, and Ten Silent Movies Worth Talking Up

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Just when you start believing there's no hope for anything daring and original coming out of Movieland, something gets released that surprises you. The Artist is one such movie -- and what's new about it is that it's old.

The Director's Guild of America Honors Alice Guy-Blache

Gerit Quealy | Posted 12.13.2011 | Women
Gerit Quealy

Pop quiz: Who was at the beginning of the film industry? D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. De Mille, and Alice Guy Blache immediately spring to mind, right? Yes! Wait, what? Who?

The Agenda: Food Trucks, Film Previews, And Stuff White People Like

Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Fuel up with free food truck fare in honor of Sprint's 4G launch, sit in on an author's signing with Christian Lander (of Stuff White People Like fame...

HuffPost Premiere: Dead Confederate's "Run From The Gun," Plus Conversations With Tegan & Sara and Hayley Taylor, and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Did the Inglorious N.O.P. Bust a Cap in Health Care Reform?

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

From a branding perspective, is this really how the Republican Party wants to be defined? Hate speech -- true hate speech -- should never be tolerated in any form.

The Best Train Movies by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

In a host of movies, the train has served as a microcosm of modern society, and the individual's potential risk and conflict within it.

Who is the Real Sarah Palin?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Is Sarah Palin the evangelical, do-gooder "hockey mom"? Or is she a "She-Bush" megalomaniac who wields power behind the scenes by personal whim? And lies about it?