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Realness

Tika is in the process of becoming a man. Together with her girlfriend Nicki filmmaker David Barclay Moore lets the audience in on Tika’s transitioning while discussing views on black male privilege. Here we see a casual and intimate portrayal of a relationship confronting the very essence of the value of appearing male. Tika confesses […]

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My Life, My Hustle: Steven Corbis

Steven once flirted with hip hop dance as a career although that now lies in the past the Con Edison electrician and father of one reminisces fondly about those days, recounting his dreams and acknowledging his views on how reality has changes, or rather evolved those dreams. While navigating a culture which places high value […]

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Masculinity Project Trailer

What does it mean to be a man? The Masculinity Project will gather multi-generational voices to explore this question, with a focus on the black community in the 21st century. This project addresses the critical topic of masculinity in the African American community by exploring how men are represented and perceived, investigating the obstacles they […]

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This War at Home

Bronx native Ivan Sanchez hung with a tough crowd growing up, a story he chronicles with great and honest detail in his recently published autobiography ‘Next Stop.’ In this short tribute to his uncle, who he was named after, Sanchez explores the connection between the black and brown men who never made their way home […]

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Remix: Price of a Ticket

A chronicling of the life and perspective late great African American novelist, essayist and playwright James Baldwin exploring his views on America in his day, his relationship to a strict father, religion, even his evolution in accepting and making reasonable use of his talents. Baldwin’s reflections also highlight the classic father son relationship; how does […]

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Bi-Racial Hair

Thirteen year-old Zora’s poem ‘Bi-racial Hair’ serves as the thread for this satirical look at the racism young African Americans of mixed ethnic backgrounds face. Weaving fictional re-enactments with candid interviews conducted by Zora, the film illustrates everything from Zora’s comedic rant about styling her hair to more serious issues of identity and belonging 150 […]

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Black Body Radiation

Hollablk’s short film, “Black Body Radiation” imagines a future New York dominated by three rival, warring, black religious sects after two space ships mysteriously crash into Manhattan. Kulu, leader of a circle of priestess healers lives beneath the African Burial Ground. Through trance she is in communication with an alien artificial intelligence, an is able […]

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Swim

For many people the idea of an ‘out of the way’ beach means an idyllic surrounding separated from the realities of the world; for African American fisheries biologist Jearld Ambrose, swimming as a child at segregated Atlantic Beach, South Carolina was his only option. Swim is an animated short about Jearld’s memories of family trips […]

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The Ghost of John Jay

John Jay High School is in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn. Two streets away is P.S. 321 None of the finest elementary schools in New York City. Fifty-three years after Brown vs. Board of Education, John Jay High’s students are primarily black and poor. Police and metal detectors surround the doors. Bused in from […]