Turner Classic Movies isn’t waiting until Black History Month to spotlight African American films.
The entire month of September the network is shining a light on black film with The Black Experience on Film, a comprehensive month-long programming initiative showcasing portrayals of African Americans throughout cinematic history.
TCM partnered with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) for the special project hosted by 13 different members of AAFCA from print, online and broadcast outlets throughout the country. HipHollywood is proud to be one of the outlets participating during the 8 nights of programming starting Sept. 4 and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday in primetime.
The Black Experience on Film provides a wide-ranging retrospective from the 1920s through the 1990s including:
- Exploring Black Identity airing Sept. 4 – AAFCA co-founder and president Gil Robertson & cultural critic Ronda Racha Penrice explore films ranging from Oscar Micheaux’s searing look at racial violence in Within Our Gates (1920) to Julie Dash’s 1991 story following three generations of Gullah women in Daughters Of The Dust
- Hollywood Confronts Racism airing Sept. 6 – AAFCA co-founder & film critic Shawn Edwards & HipHollywood.com’s Jasmine Simpkins examine films such as A Raisin in the Sun (1961), about a black Chicago family searching for a better life, and A Soldier’s Story (1984) about the murder of a black U.S. Army sergeant
- African Americans Coming of Age airing Sept. 11 – Awards Circuit’s Clayton Davis & Jasmine Simpkins highlight films such as Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte’s starring vehicle Bright Road (1953), about a troubled elementary student, and Sounder (1972), about the struggles of a family of black sharecroppers during the Great Depression
- Black Romance in Film airing Sept. 13 – longtime entertainment journalist Lee Thomas & Emmy-winning journalist Kelley Carter examine films such as Anna Lucasta (1958), featuring performances by Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis Jr., and A Warm December (1973) starring Sydney Poitier as a widowed American doctor who falls for an African princess
- African-American Musicals airing Sept. 18 – Black Tree Media’s Jamaal Finkley & Black Tomatoes host Carla Renata delve into Cabin in the Sky (1943), about a gambler’s efforts to get into heaven, and Carmen Jones (1954), which made star Dorothy Dandridge the first African American to be nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award
- Strong Black Women airing Sept. 20 – Fortune correspondent Anita Bennett & veteran entertainment journalist KJ Matthews review films including Claudine (1974), the story of a single mother in Harlem, and Sparkle (1976), inspired by the real-life musical group The Supremes.
- African-American Comedies airing Sept. 25 – AAFCA co-founder & film critic Shawn Edwards & award-winning writer Edward Adams discuss Watermelon Man (1970), starring Godfrey Cambridge as a white insurance salesman who wakes up to find he has turned black, and Robert Townsend’s satire Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
- Black Stories from Around the World airing Sept. 27 – Gil Robertson & WGN’s Tyra Martin study Cry, the Beloved Country (1951), starring Canada Lee and Sidney Poitier as South African ministers who struggle to help individuals damaged by their country’s policies of apartheid, and Walkabout (1971), a film about two white students who find themselves reliant on aid from an Aboriginal boy to survive while adrift in the Australian outback
Check out a teaser below, and be sure to tune in to TCM during the entire month of September.
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