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Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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"Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming - despite the odds"--Container.
DVD
2018
Clemons (Stacks)
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Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light

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Documentary about the migration of pioneering African Americans to France and the impact both cultures had on each other. Through the use of rare photographs and stock footage, period music, and commentary by leading experts, it weaves stories and themes from World War I, the Jazz Age of the 1920s up to the German occupation of WWII.
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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Bless Their Little Hearts

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"Charlie Banks is looking for work... searching for it every day. But there are no jobs and unemployment is taking a toll on him and his family. His wife, Andais is worn out working and taking care of their young children. So Charlie takes day jobs whenever he can, cutting weeds and painting houses. At night, he falls asleep in the bathtub." --Container.
DVD
2017; 1982
Clemons (Stacks)
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Then I'll Be Free to Travel Home

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The story of the discovery of the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan and the fight throughout the 1990s to preserve it is told in the context of the history of African-Americans in New York during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
DVD
2009; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)
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Belly

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Two friends begin robbing clubs to make some quick cash. For one of them, the payoffs are not big enough and he begins selling drugs. Soon, friendships and relationships are put to the test by jealousy, greed, paranoia and betrayal.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Pioneers of African-American Cinema

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Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called "race films" that flourished in the 1920s -'40s. Unlike the "black cast" films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Entrepreneurial filmmakers built an industry apart from the Hollywood establishment, cultivating visual and narrative styles that were uniquely their own.
BookDVD
2016
Clemons (By Request)
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Roots

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The gripping story is told through four generations, from the capture of Kunta Kinte in Africa to his transport to Colonial America in brutal conditions through successive generations fighting to win their freedom in the Civil War.
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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When African Americans Came to Paris

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"This series of short videos by award-winning documentarian Joanne Burke brings to life the pioneering years of the African American presence in Paris. Each video reveals how France, and Paris in particular, became their bridge from a racially segregated USA to the greater world"--Container.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Neo-African-Americans

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"A documentary about how rapid, voluntary immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is transforming the "African-American" narrative"--Movie trailer.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Within Our Gates

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Created as a response to The Birth of a Nation which depicted southern whites in need of the Ku Klux Klan to protect them from blood thirsty blacks, Micheaux shows the reality of Dixie racism in 1920, where a black man could be lynched for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices

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Four prominent African-American writers each narrate a period in the life of the sociologist and author W.E.B. Du Bois, and describe his impact on their work. They chronicle Du Bois' role as a founder of the NAACP, organizer of the first Pan-African Congress, editor of Crisis, a journal of the black cultural renaissance, and author of a series of landmark sociological studies. Anathematized during the McCarthy years, Du Bois immigrated to Ghana, the first independent African state, where he died.
DVD
1997; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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American Pimp

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Albert and Allen Hughes turn their documentary eye to the world of street pimps in this 1999 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition entry. The Black urban pimps interviewed reveal their world and their secrets in a film that is about power. We watch as they discuss their business, including percentages, lifestyles, stealing "ho's", and the Player's Ball. These men exude charm and charisma and boast rock star status in their communities. People are lured by the glamour and money, only to be used as commoditieis and tossed out once they have passed their prime. Also traces the history of the street pimp from the 20's to the present, with particular emphasis on the 70's pimp.
DVD
2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Detropia

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Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century: the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now, the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution.
DVD
2012
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Ethnic Notions

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Covering more than one hundred years of United States history, traces the evolution of Black American caricatures and their role in political and social conflicts concerning race.
DVD
2004; 1986
Clemons (Stacks)
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Beyond Babyland

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"Of the thirty most industrialized nations, the U.S. has the worst record of infant mortality,with African American babies dying at three times the rate of whites. In some places, that rate equals those of many third world countries. When filmmakers David Appleby and Craig Leake discovered that their hometown of Memphis had the highest infant mortality rate in the country, they decided to follow those individuals who were working to reverse the statistics. Soon they began meeting some of the young pregnant mothers most at risk, and decided to concentrate much of their efforts on learning more about their particular circumstances. The film takes us from the neonatal intensive care unit where doctors and nurses fight for the lives of pre-term babies, to a county cemetery that buries so [...]
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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No Hiding Place

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A drama about a black family that has moved into an all-white northern suburban community, telling how a white housewife displays courage and understanding when some of her neighbors are panicked into selling their homes.
DVD
2010; 1963
Clemons (Stacks)
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Silent Choices

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Illustrates the abortion issue through the lives of African American women, with both interviews and dramatic content. Features the personal experiences of several such women, some of whom chose to have abortions, and some who are staunchly pro-life. The film also brings in others active in the African American community on abortion issues, as well as juxtaposing African American viewpoints to those of white Americans, all combined and contrasted with the larger economic, political, and social pressures that are faced by the African-American community in general.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Roots

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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", in which Haley traces his African American family's history from the mid-18th century to the Reconstruction era.
DVD
2007; 1977