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Mati Diop on being the first black female director in Cannes | The Washington Post

Jake Coyle | AP, The Washington Post Ms. Rivers founded the Black Bourbon Society in 2017. It now has more than 4,700 members.CreditAaron Borton for The New York Times. Featured Image , France — Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first black female filmmaker in the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious competition in its 72-year history. “I hadn’t realized myself. I didn’t know,” the 36-year-old French-Senegalese filmmaker said in an interview. “My first reaction is that I found it quite sad. I thought, ‘Oh, is it?’ So there’s still a long way […]

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Paul Robeson fought Jim Crow, lynching, and McCarthyism | People’s World

Tony Pecinovsky, People’s World Paul Robeson, Trafalgar Square, London, June 1959, ullstein bild/Getty Images. Featured Image Horne has made an amazing contribution to African American radical history with the newly published biography Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary. Though not as widely known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X – at least, not among most white activists – it is impossible, as Horne argues, to understand their lives without first understanding Paul Robeson’s. “Like Malcolm, he [Robeson] was a militant: a turning point in his dramatic fall was when he confronted President Harry S. Truman face-to-face in […]

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Harlem street renamed in honor of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis | New York Amsterdam News

AMNews Staff, New York Amsterdam News Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis with their children, Featured Image northeast corner of 123rd Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Harlem now bears the names of famed acting and civil rights couple Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. The Dwyer Cultural Center hosted the ceremonial unveiling of ‘Ruby Dee Place’ and ‘Ossie Davis Way’ on Saturday. The late couple is being honored for their groundbreaking programs within the arts. Dee and Davis’ children , Nora Day Hasna Muhammad, and Guy Davis, attended the event. The Rev. Al Sharpton, former New York City mayor David Dinkins, […]

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