BFC/A Receives Grant to Preserve Rainbow Black: Poet Sarah W. Fabio

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University has been awarded a Preservation Grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve the 1976 documentary film Rainbow Black: Poet Sarah W. Fabio. Sarah Webster Fabio (1928-1979) established herself as a major figure in the black art and cultural consciousness movements of the 1960s and 1970s through … Continue reading BFC/A Receives Grant to Preserve Rainbow Black: Poet Sarah W. Fabio

The Pulse: When White Writes Black & the Politics of Narrative Ownership

Sometimes, stepping outside of the world of film allows us to bring fresher perspectives back to it.  So, how about Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue, the eighth novel from the Pullitzer Prize winner, about a black couple and a white couple who live in the Bay Area (here’s a digestable NPR synopsis/interview)?  Among generally positive reviews, … Continue reading The Pulse: When White Writes Black & the Politics of Narrative Ownership

The Migrant, the Immigration Narrative, and ‘La Puerta de No Retorno’

Santiago Zannou was born in Spain to a Spanish mother and a father from Benin.  In The Door of No Return (La Puerta De No Retorno)[1], he tells the story of his father, Alphonse: Santiago A. Zannou takes his father Alphonse to Benin, his homeland, 40 years after he left, to confront him to his … Continue reading The Migrant, the Immigration Narrative, and ‘La Puerta de No Retorno’

Solomon Sir Jones Collection Digitized and Publicly Available

An extensive collection of 1920s era home film, made by Baptist minister Solomon Sir Jones, has been made available online thanks to the Beinecke Library at Yale University.  Jones was was a well-connected businessman and minister in the Baptist Church from Oklahoma who was born to former slaves in Tennessee in 1869. Jones traveled around … Continue reading Solomon Sir Jones Collection Digitized and Publicly Available

‘Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum’ with Bridget R. Cooks at the IU Art Museum

On Friday, September 14th, 2012, at 5 pm (with a book signing and reception at 6pm) Professor Bridget Cooks will present at the IU Art Museum on her new book Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum.  The book “analyzes the curatorial strategies, challenges, and critical reception of the most significant museum exhibitions … Continue reading ‘Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum’ with Bridget R. Cooks at the IU Art Museum

‘The Killing Floor’ – the True Story of Frank Custer – at the IU Cinema

  Tonight – the 6th of September 2012 – and tomorrow, The Killing Floor (1984), directed by Bill Duke,will be showing at the IU Cinema. The synopsis from the IU Cinema website:   The Killing Floor explores the conflicting loyalties of African-American stockyards workers in Chicago during the First World War. Starring Damon Leake and … Continue reading ‘The Killing Floor’ – the True Story of Frank Custer – at the IU Cinema