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QUOTATIONS OF "BLACK"
"Whenever I use BLACK it relates to some history of Africans in that particular place. It’s the idea of the color BLACK as a metaphor, or as a representation of African-Americans. It’s the notion of BLACK- BLACKNESS - and all its other meanings in relation to the history of race..."
- Fred Wilson
"Most of my fortitude to continue doing the work comes from the moral outrage I feel about the injustices that Black people endure disproportionately daily."
- N. Abdul-Wakil
"In the end, what matters is not skin shade but pan-African consciousness. Loving your complexion, your nose, lips, hair length and texture, no matter what the politics or trends decide, and simply be. That's the problem with us (African folks). We're still learning how to love ourselves. So used to glorifying others and putting others first..."
- Dredlocks Tree
The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)
Click The Pic To Access The Film Library Database! (166 Films) LAST UPDATE: Monday, December 3rd, 2012
I'm posting what I consider MY best top 25 Black films that I've seen in the last decade (2000-2009). It was initially agonizing to compile the list because it started out as a top 10 list. And my top 10 list was inspired by the posting that I read from the pro-Black film website that I regularly check out called Shadow&Act.com. Ultimately I decided that picking 10 Black films from the last decade is too narrow in quantity for a 10 year period, and so I decided to increase my list to 25 Black films.
The Shadow&Act.com posting was a re-post of two "Top 10 Black Film" lists from BlackVoices.com and TheGriot.com, two websites that target an African Diaspora audience. Of course, whenever something like these lists are compiled for FUN, educational, informational or other factored in reasons, there's always the question(s) which I asked myself: What does it mean to be Black? or what constitutes a Black film?
With that said, Shadwo&Act.com said: "BV (Black Voices.com) doesn’t specify what its criteria is to determine what constitutes a 'black film.' But I think we’d all agree that the films on their list can be defined as such. They also don’t say what the consider good, or the 'best,' other than describing them as 'witty, entertaining and inspiring.' So, I dunno… I can’t really say much about what they’ve got here."
One poster on Shadwo&Act blasted and criticized both top 10 lists for NOT having at least one 1 foreign film of African descent on there. I have to strongly agree with that.
So what I did was consult my friend Jair, The Literary Masturbator and asked his opinion of my list and to suggest his own films. In this way, I at least had someone I respected look at my list and give feedback. Both he and I agreed that one of the greatest agonizers is NOT forgetting a film which is hard when you're looking back 10 years!!
So in closing, my criteria for my own top 25 Black films is based upon: (1) The majority of the characters (fiction) and/or real persons (documentaries) are of African descent
(2) The stories are the primary focus of the African experience (a slice of life)
(3) Black films that I (ROD) have SEEN (NOT word of mouth)
(4) American and foreign (import) films
(5)The films were exhibitioned in movie theaters or via tv/cable viewing
(6) The Black films depict people of African descent in a affirming, cultural, uplifting and respectable way.
Yes, I know item 6 issubjective and means many things to many people and that African people aren't monolithic in a think tank kind of way, but I have my own views of what it means, and all I can do is critically use and share item 6 in correlation with the other 5 items and hope you find my list FUN and of interest. (SO NO, A FILM LIKE SOUL PLANE WHICH IS A STUPID ASS FILM THAT HOLLYWOOD GREEN LIGHTED DOES NOT QUALIFY AS UPLIFTING TO ME!!!!! )
I'm sure my list can be torn apart in some regards, but I can only go by what I've SEEN (and NOT heard) through regular mainstream theater outletsas well as independent movie theaters and the blessing of film festivals which is always needed to get that independent voice in the wilderness heard. So hey, just having FUN here!
I look forward to people posting commentshere on the blog and giving their own top 10 list and a couple of films you think are worthy in your mind.Because quite frankly, I, too am always looking and starving for Black (same gender loving) films which I haven't seen or heardof which can cater to my LOVE of the African experience. And that is part of the reason I'm encouraging folks to post. There's always something that someone hasn't seen that one can be skooled on.
ROD's Top 25 Black Films of the Last Decade (2000-2009)
The list below is arranged in alphabetical order and DOES NOT signify a particular order of importance or ranking!! It's simply my favorite 25 Black films. Period. No favorites! (Well, I'm kind of lyin' about NOT having some favorites, but I won't share it and be biased!Again, just havin' FUN!)
NOTE THE SYMBOLS NEXT TO CERTAIN FILMS WHICH ARE DENOTED BY THE SYMBOL LEGEND AFTER THE LIST
1- 10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
2- Akeelah And The Bee (2006)
3- Antwone Fisher (2002)
4- Bamboozled (2000)
5- Black Candle, The: A KWANZAA Celebration (2008)
6- Black List, The: Volume 1 (2008)
7- Blueprint (2007)+
8- Brother To Brother (2004)+
9- City Of God (2002)~
10- Drumline (2002)
11- Four Rent Boys and A Sangoma (2004)*+~
12- Great Debaters, The (2007)
13- Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats And Rhymes (2006)
14- Hotel Rwanda (2004)
15- Huey P. Newton Story, A (2001)
16- Kirikou and the Wild Beast (2005)#~
17– Masai: The Rain Warriors (2004)~
18- Mississippi Damned (2009)*+
19- Proud (2004)
20- Pursuit Of Happyness, The (2006)
21- Rag Tag (2006)*+~
22- Remember The Titans (2000)
23- Sometimes In April (2005)
24- Tsotsi (2005)~
25- Wooden Camera, The (2003)~
Noteworthy Honorable Mentions: American Blackout (2006)
La Tropical (2002)
Love and Basketball (2000)
Seven Pounds (2008)
SYMBOL LEGEND: *SAW THESE BLACK FILMS AT DIFFERENT NYC FILM FESTIVALS
+ BLACK SAME GENDER LOVING (SGL) FILM (5)
# ANIMATED FILM (1)
~FOREIGN FILM[PRODUCED & MADE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES] (7)
HEARD WAS EXCELLENT BY WORD OF MOUTH (DID NOT SEE THESE FILMS THOUGH):
One FUN thing I LOVE playing is a game called WARRI . It is the oldest game in the world and originated in AFRICA. It is played many different ways and called numerous names depending upon the region of the world. The play mechanics in terms of thinking is as challenging as chess YET incredibly easy to learn and play like the simplicity of checkers. I have two WARRI game boards (the bigger one shown above). I bought both of them and learned the rules of WARRI from my friend and mentor, Oba. Click the pic to find out more. Really qool!
The Term "Same Gender Loving" (SGL)
"Same-Gender-Loving" or "SGL", its meaning which was coined and derived out of the Black community "...emerged in the early 1990s to offer Black women who love women and Black men who love men (and other people of color) a way of identifying that resonated with the uniqueness of Black life and culture". READ MORE...
Basically, it's a CULTURAL AFFIRMATION SPECIFIC to PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT. We speak for ourselves and self-identify for ourselves.
I live its ideology through LOVE and ACCEPTANCE.
All The AFRICAN Resource Links Starting From Here & Downward Are Alphabetized By Category. HAVE FUN! | | | V
FIRE!! (Reprint of the 1926 Issue) In 1926, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Aaron Douglas, Richard Bruce Nugent, Gwendolyn Bennett and John P. Davis Created The Publication Called FIRE!!
The 2009 List: 25 Film Festivals Worth the Fee (by MovieMaker.com)
Every moviemaker has dreams of his or her film landing at Sundance or Cannes and instantly acquiring the enduring acclaim that fests of that caché can offer. There ’s nothing wrong with striving for those rarified venues, but moviemakers need not get their celluoid in a bunch if it doesn’t happen, because now more than ever there are excellent alternatives—festivals that go the extra mile to make certain that a moviemaker ’s efforts are well compensated.
Whether the payoff comes in the form of a generous cash prize, the opportunity to hobknob with an industry titan, or just a fattening of one’s press kit and crew Rolodex, the festivals that are worth your fee and your time can make all the difference in your burgeoning career:
• Action on Film International Film Festival • Angelus Student Film Festival • Ashland Independent Film Festival • Austin Film Festival • Bermuda International Film Festival • Boxur Shorts Film Festival • Calgary International Film Festival • Dark Carnival Film Festival • DC Shorts Film Festival • Doorpost Film Project • Elevate Film Festival • L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival • Mammoth Film Festival • Marfa Film Festival • Myrtle Beach International Film Festival • Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival • Ottawa International Animation Film Festival • Oxford International Film Festival • Palm Springs Shortfest • Poppy Jasper Film Festival • Red Rock Film Festival • Screamfest Horror Film Festival • SILVERDOCS • Syracuse International Film Festival • Whistler Film Festival
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