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Black Is ... Black Ain't

by Marlon Riggs

Marlon Riggs's final film explores questions of "blackness" and black identity.

The Black Kungfu Experience

by Martha Burr and Mei-Juin Chen

From Blaxploitation cinema in the 1970s to hip-hop and reggae iconography, the martial art of kungfu provides a vital subtext for the modern African American cultural experience.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

by Stanley Nelson

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution sheds light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history.

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

by Goran Hugo Olsson

A fascinating look at America's Black Power movement as seen through the eyes of Swedish filmmakers who shot hours of footage in the late 1960s and 1970s with many of the movement's leaders.

Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

by Robert A. Clift

As hip-hop music and culture continue to redefine American life, its influence exposes the high stakes of the struggle to cross or maintain the cultural divide.

The Boys of Baraka

by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

A group of troubled boys in inner city Baltimore leave home to complete the 7th and 8th grade at the Baraka School, an experimental program located in rural Kenya, East Africa.


Bronx Princess

by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Follow the journey of an American teenager who travels to Ghana, West Africa to reunite with her royal father.


Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer

Despite his achievements as a master strategist and tireless activist in the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin was silenced and imprisoned — largely because he was an openly gay man in a homophobic era.


Brother to Brother

By Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, and Aimee Schoof

Bruce Nugent, the black gay writer who co-founded the journal Fire!! with Langston Hughes and others, inspires a gay teenager through memories of the Harlem Renaissance.

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by Demetria Royals and Louise Diamond

A performance-based documentary, Brothermen features five African American men who through their art transmit the historic, political, and cultural realities of the African American experience.


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