Black Is... Black Ain't (1995)

Black Is... Black Ain't
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 27mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Angela Davis Actor Herself 1 1000001
Essex Hemphill Actor Himself 1 1000003
Bell Hooks Actor Herself 1 1000004
Maulana Karenga Actor Himself 1 1000005
Barbara A Smith Actor Herself 1 1000006
Michele Wallace Actor Herself 1 1000007
Cornel West Actor Himself 1 1000008
Bill T. Jones Actor Performer 1 1000009
Marlon T Riggs Actor Performer 1 1000010
Linda Tillery Actor Performer 1 1000011
Yvette Flunder Actor Performer 1 1000012
Djola Bernard Branner Actor Performer 1 1000013
Eric Gupton Actor Performer 1 1000014
Wayne T Corbitt Actor Performer 1 1000015
Andrea Woods Actor Performer 1 1000016
Larry Duckette Actor Performer 1 1000017
Wayson R Jones Actor Performer 1 1000018
Marlon T Riggs Director n/a 2 2000001
Christiane Badgely Director co-director 2 2000002
Marlon T Riggs Producer n/a 3 3000001
Nicole Atkinson Co-Producer n/a 170 3000002
Jasmine Dellal Associate Producer n/a 171 3000003
Carroll Parrott Blue Field Producer n/a 2564 5000001
Valerie Grim Field Producer n/a 2564 5000002
Nicole Atkinson Field Producer n/a 2564 5000003
Robert Shepard Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Christiane Badgely Editor n/a 172 7000001
Bob Paris Editor co-editor 172 7000002
Mary Watkins Original Music n/a 120838 8000001
Sekou Shepard Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000001
Synopsis
White Americans have long stereotyped African Americans. But equally devastating to Black people's sense of themselves have been the definitions of "Blackness" African Americans impose on each other. But is there an essential Black identity? Is there a real Black man and a true Black woman? This groundbreaking documentary boldly and publicly challenges sexism, homophobia, patriarchy, cultural nationalism and other practices that flatten, reduce, and contain the lives and experiences of African Americans. It mixes fragments of dance, music, and poetry with the testimony of those who have felt uncomfortable and even silenced within the race because their complexion, class, gender, speech, or sexuality has rendered them "not Black enough," or conversely, "too Black."