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Web series addresses stereotypes about African Americans

 

 

By Charles Hallman
Staff writer

 

Angela Tucker two years ago pitched her series idea on challenging racial stereotypes of Blacks. The third season of Black Folk Don’t premiered December 2 on BlackPublicMedia.org, the National Black Programming Coalition (NBPC) website. “Season three is going to spark conversations in homes and offices around the country as well as online,” predicts Black Public Media Digital Media Director Nonso Christian Ugbode. “People take sides and even question the audacity of the assertions that are raised in the show.”

A writer, director and producer, Tucker wrote on her blog a couple of years ago that she prefer “[regular Black] people that had original points of views and were articulate” rather using “being Black” experts. “At first, we were going to reach out to people via social networks… Continue Reading →

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An African Election: a look at Ghana’s 2008 presidential election

 Producers hope to inspire U.S. Blacks to get out to vote 
 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Both political parties are doing almost anything to win this national election. Not the upcoming U.S. presidential election but An African Election, a film by Jarreth Mertz that shows a behind-the-scenes look at the days leading up to the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana. The documentary premiered October 1 on PBS World (which is not available locally) and will be shown on all public television stations nationwide on Wednesday, October 3 (check local listings), but viewers can see the documentary online for up to two weeks after it premiers at http://afropop.tv. Mertz’s film shows the people of Ghana wrestling with who to choose as their next president. He expertly captured both candidates and their speeches around the country, while their campaign operatives feverishly worked in their attempts to convince the voters that their party has all the answers. Continue Reading →

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That’s My Face depicts a journey seeking African images, affirmation

 
Filmmaker finds himself reflected in Afro-Brazilian culture

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Thomas Allen Harris did what his grandfather always wanted to but didn’t get the chance — embark and complete a mythic journey to the motherland. “My grandfather emphasized Marcus Garvey and always wanted to go to Africa, but he wasn’t able to go because my grandmother refused to let him go,” says Harris, who was born in the Bronx. “So he passed on his dream to all of his kids, and they all went to Africa.”

Harris’ mother accepted a short-term teaching job there, and took him and his brother with her when they were youngsters. “My mother imagined Africa as a place that would accept us,” said the filmmaker in That’s My Face, which was shown on the PBS World channel during Black History Month in February. “When it was time to come back to the States, none of us wanted to come back. Continue Reading →

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