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The use of film media in propaganda as a way of controlling the masses is the modern day tool of slavery. Until African Americans obtain the means of cinematic production and maintain their autanomy in the creation of relevent movies our future will continue to be shaped by those who only wish to exploite, dominate and capitilize on our weakness. 

                                    John Singleton
John Daniel Singleton (born January 6, 1968) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. A native of South Los Angeles, many of his early films consider the implications of inner-city violence like the critically acclaimed and popular Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning and Baby Boy. He branched out into mainstream territory with the blockbusters 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers and Abduction. (Read more...)

Joseph M. Wilcots

He was the first African American to join the International Cinematographers Guild. For 15 years, he also worked in various capacities on Michael Jackson's music videos, tours and other projects.


Joseph M. Wilcots, a trailblazing African American cinematographer whose credits include the landmark 1970s TV miniseries "Roots" and “Roots: The Next Generations," has died. He was 70.

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.

Spike Lee
Lee's movies have examined race relations, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award. He has also received two Academy Award nominations. (Read more...  

Melvin Van Peebles  

Melvin "Block" Van Peebles (born August 21, 1932) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer.

He is most famous for creating the acclaimed film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which heralded a new era of African American focused films. He is the father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles. (Read more...)




Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft (Read more...

 Gordon Parks

African American Women Feature Film Directors
"I began this project because I only knew the name of one African American woman director when I started film school. And, even though I knew the name, Julie Dash, I had never seen any of her films, and had no idea why or how she became a filmmaker. I didn't even know what she looked like. I learned that I was not alone. I heard over and over again, "I didn't know there were any black women filmmakers." So, I set out to find my sisters in cinema."

Black Film in Chicago

Black filmmaking was born on Chicago’s South Side in 1913, when vaudeville promoter and theatrical agent William Foster produced the popular short comedy, The Railroad Porter. In the following years, Chicago continued to serve as the center of African American film production, particularly when the legendary writer/director Oscar Micheaux (who made around 40 “race movies” between 1918-1948) located his first film production offices in Chicago. 

Ava Marie DuVernay (/ˈvə ˌdjvərˈn/; born August 24, 1972) is an American director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first African-American woman to win the award. For her work in Selma, DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With Selma, she was also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, though she was not nominated for Best Director. In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13th.

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, the film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay's documentary opens with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. and argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated in the U.S. through mass incarceration13th has garnered acclaim from film critics, and is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Oscars.

Money And Violence Cast

About a year ago, Money & Violence might have just been a headline in the local paper. But fast-forward 8 months later and it’s the title of the hottest internet show online. With millions a month tuning in to Cloud9TV on youTube to see the brainchild of writer and director Moise Vernau take place on the streets of an extremely un-gentrified Brooklyn to show a side of NY that the fans of Friendsnever knew existed.

Evol Smith