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“To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage” – James Baldwin.
Every day America reminds us we’re different. Our black skin, unappreciated. Our voices, silenced. Our presence, threatening. Our fears, irrelevant. But this week’s Black filmmakers counter that narrative. They show us. They validate us. They explore the beauty of our existence and the depth of our pain. In this week’s episode of “Urban Indie Film Block,” these films embrace everything it means to live as a Black man in this world.
Watch these upcoming black creatives share their stories on Tuesday at 8/7c on AspireTV!
Directed by Amartei Armar
A Ghanaian orphan’s life is turned upside down when he finds out his younger brother has been selected for adoption by an American family.
I HATE BEING BLACK
Directed by Kevin Craig West
Two ‘buppies’ – black, upwardly-mobile professionals – debate the societal repercussions of being black.
Directed by Brandon Broussard
At 18, I had never met anyone with a mental illness. And in the black community, it wasn’t something that was really discussed. So when you get a call from your best friend saying they’re on the run you believe them. On the surface, this story is a thriller about a boy running from a killer. But it’s also about mental illness in the black community. I’ve always thought it would be powerful to tell this story from his perspective because for him, and for me, it was so real. Hope you feel the same.
Directed by Wes Brown
A young African American tennis player (Arthur Ashe) comes of age in the Jim Crow South of America in the late 50’s.