Archive for the Film Category

Speak The Truth Ras

Posted in Artists, Education, Film, Hip Hop on January 15, 2008 by blackrep


Big ups to J Bro and Tigerlily for the expert production on this new joint reflecting on their recent viewing of The Great Debaters.

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URI Exhibit: Multiculturalism

Posted in Artists, Events, Film, Slavery & Justice, White Privilege on January 10, 2008 by blackrep


I usually shy away from exhibits/presentations that celebrate any form of “multiculturalism” because I feel that the term is tired; it doesn’t connote the complexity and contributions of Black people, the centrality of their blackness, or other forms of otherness, but merely casts them in a wide net of feel-good tokenism. That being said, visual art is more often than not a subjective experience for viewers anyway, the currator’s notes are less central than lyrics in music or a speaker’s invocation. Betty Laduke’s work is truly beautiful and it is exciting that URI’s Providence Campus Gallery will be presenting it 9:00am – 4:00pm throughout the month. “Trace’s of The Trade” screens at 7pm on the 31st of January in conjunction.

Traces of The Trade

Posted in Articles of Interest, Education, Events, Film, Slavery & Justice on November 6, 2007 by blackrep

Linden House in Bristol
It isn’t so much that Bristol’s De Wolf family reaped enormous profits from the the legal slave trade, they actually bribed public officials in Bristol to turn a blind eye to their practice of it decades after it became illegal. This and hundreds of other complicated moral circumstances imbue the documentary, Traces of The Trade, with an authenticity of intention that goes beyond the traditional dialog about slavery, justice and reparations. It is a must-see and we hope to bring it back to Black Rep so that it can be shared with more community members seeking a point of entrance in the debate. Following are currently scheduled dates of screenings in the state,. They are reprinted from yesterday’s Projo article by Paul Davis:

Scheduled screenings for Katrina Browne’s film, Traces of the Trade, A Story from the Deep North, are as follows:

•Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol.

•Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island College student union in Providence.

•Jan. 15 at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

•Jan. 25 at the Slater Mill Museum in Pawtucket.

Rhode Island groups who want to see the film should call Ann Clanton at Rhode Island for Community & Justice, at 467-1717.

American Gangster

Posted in Articles of Interest, Film, Hip Hop on November 5, 2007 by blackrep

Guess who conceived of the soundtrack to American Gangster, Ridley Scott’s contribution to the genre that spawned many of the rhymes spit during the halcyon days of East Coast Hip Hop? Jay Z’s new score/second comeback album after only a few short years of retirement gets the Kalefah Sanneh treatment:

Please don’t compare me to other rappers,
compare me to trappers.
I’m more Frank Lucas than Ludacris —
and Luda’s my dude, I ain’t tryna diss.
Like Frank Lucas is cool, but I ain’t tryna snitch.

This equivocation — a rapper inspired by a movie about a gangster, trying simultaneously to distance himself from rappers, actors and the gangster in question — sums up the album’s greatest strength and greatest weakness. Jay-Z is too discerning to ignore the contradictions in his music, even when he’s trying to play the role of a coldblooded killer.

Jay Z feat. Pharrell – Blue Magic