Reflecting on Black History Month – Jazz Tangcay reports

Director Kasi Lemmons says, “I celebrate black history all year.” For the Harriet and Self Made director and other African American film artists, Black History Month isn’t just about February, it’s every day. In a series of guest columns, Ruth Carter, Karin Gist, Robin Thede and Lemmons are among the artists who contributed to Variety’s spotlight on Black History Month.

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HARRIET – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

We’re so used to our historical figures, our Great Men, requiring a bit of grading-on-a-curve. “Oh, we must forgive So-and-So for that aspect of his life and work, times were different then.” Meanwhile, one of our great true heroes — someone who needs no justifying or qualifying — has been all but left out of the collective American imagination.

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10 Female-Directed Films to Watch for Black History Month – Marilyn Ferdinand reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud to highlight the contributions of 10 outstanding black women directors — some quite familiar, others less so — whose accomplishments and distinctive voices deserve a much wider audience. We hope you will enjoy discovering the engaging, thought-provoking, and surprising films conceived and created by these truly exceptional women.

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DVD Review: “Talk To Me”

“Talk to Me” is a biopic about real life Washington DC-based radio DJ and talk show host Ralph ‘Petey’ Greene (played by Don Cheadle) who ruled the airways during the turbulent 1960s. It was a time of protest and social unrest. When Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, the city’s furious and frustrated black population broke into riots and widespread looting. It was Green’s no nonsense talk–often rife with his own rage–that actually restored order to the city.

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Kasi Lemmons talks “Talk To Me” with Jennifer Merin

Talk to Me is based on the life story of Petey Greene (Don Cheadle), a streetwise ex-con who hustled his way into a DJ gig at a DC radio station, and quickly became the influential tell-it-like-it-is voice of the black community during the 1960s, especially when riots erupted following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Director Kasi Lemmons, just a child when Dr. King was killed, was profoundly effected by the event.

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