Black Is... Black Ain't | 1995

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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 ...more

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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."

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