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Black is...Black Ain't

  • Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30306 United States (map)

We are excited to be co-hosting a screening of the iconic Marlon Riggs documentary Black is...Black Ain't. Join us on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at the Plaza Theatre. RSVP here:   

The Counter Narrative Project will host a special screening of the iconic Marlon Riggs documentary Black is... Black Ain't on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Plaza Theater.

The final film by filmmaker Marlon Riggs, who grew up in Georgia, Black Is...Black Ain't, explores black identity while critiquing rigid definitions of blackness. Though the film came out in 1995, the themes speak directly to our present moment. Here is the trailer:

The film also mixes performances by choreographer Bill T. Jones and poet Essex Hemphill with commentary by noted cultural critics Angela Davis, bell hooks, Cornel West, Michele Wallace, Barbara Smith and Maulana Karena. Riggs through the film, advances a powerful critique of sexism, patriarchy, homophobia, colorism and cultural nationalism in the Black family, church and other Black institutions.

Riggs also weaves his own testimony as a black gay man grappling with HIV in the film. As described by the California Newsreel website: "Hooked up to an IV in his hospital bed, Riggs takes strength for his struggle against AIDS from the continual resilience of the African Americans in the face of overwhelming oppression. As his death nears, he conjures up the image of a Black community nurturing and celebrating the difference and creativity in each one of us." This event is free and open to the public. Please join us for the screening.

Special Thanks to the We Shall Overcome Fund of the Highlander Center for making this event possible

Event co-sponsors

  • ARCA
  • Black Feminist Future
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights LGBT Institute
  • Equality Foundation of Georgia
  • Gentlemen’s Foundation
  • Georgia Department of Public Health 
  • ITLA
  • Lambda Legal
  • ONYX Southeast