James Baldwin will forever be remembered as one of the world’s greatest writers, playwrights, civil rights activist, and humanitarians.
His works fully capture what it means to be Black in America. Although it has been nearly twenty years since his death, and nearly fifty years since he first began to speak out against the racism pervading the United States, his lessons are as relevant as ever!
Thankfully a documentary has been released, I Am Not Your Negro. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film takes place in 1979 when James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House, which were personal accounts of the lives and successive assassinations of his 3 close friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. I Am Not Your Negro is how Raoul Peck’s envisioned the book Baldwin didn’t finish. Keep in Baldwin’s own words, the documentary is a radical narration about race in America.
Check out the trailer below:
Written by James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck. This film is truly the definition of “Staying Woke!” Anyone with a brain or working television knows that race relations are currently at a low in this country today. I Am Not Your Negro will serve as a reminder to the masses, in particular Black youths, that they are more than what society would make of them.
We are definitely looking forward to seeing this film and you can too in select theaters on February 3, 2017!
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Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning