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Exclusive w/ Bill Duke On "Dark Girls" & Black Film Distribution: "It's Chitlin Time" + More...

by Cynthia Reid
September 28, 2011 8:26 AM
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"Alchemy is a science and I think all poor people, including black people, have from time to time in difficult situations become alchemists. Alchemy is the science of turning one substance into another. When we were slaves they threw us bones and we turned it into spare ribs. When we were slaves they threw guts at us and we turned them into chitlins. It's chitlins time."

That's what famed director Bill Duke said to S&A regarding the future of black film distribution and our legacy, as a race, of making something out of nothing. The complete interview will be aired on our NEW livecast night THURSDAY at 8:00pm/est.

We had a lengthy discussion with Mr. Duke and director D. Channsin Berry about their very hot documentary Dark Girls, a film exploring the colorism dark-skinned women face in society. They gave more details about their intention with the film and the public response they've received so far. They also responded to the criticism of the film.

In addition, we chatted about the black film industry, the influence of hip hop and they gave us a scoop on two upcoming projects specific to black men.

If you haven't been checking the podcast, this is the time to join us.

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11 Comments

  • APGifts | November 16, 2011 2:32 PMReply

    .
    Listed below are links to data on the Historical MYTH
    of a Color-Based / Slave-Role HIERARCHY -- as well
    as the Urban LEGEND of Paper-Bag, Blue-Vein and
    Other Allegations of Features-Based Entry 'TESTS':
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4153
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4154

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/2885

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/2511
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1400
    .

    ONLINE LINEAGE-DISCUSSION GROUPS / COMMUNITIES:
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MGM-Mixed
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FGM-Mixed
    http://www.youtube.com/user/APGifts
    .

  • CareyCarey | September 29, 2011 12:30 PMReply

    “insecure dark-skinned girls who have deep repressive childhood memories”...WTF??? - By Cynthia on September 28, 2011

    Yeah Cynthia, I also caught that one (didn't want it to slip by). I probably will not be listening in but somebody should clean that up.

  • Just Visiting | September 29, 2011 11:56 AMReply

    But what do you do when you believe you're above chitlins?

    I think one of the issues facing black artists (and audiences) is a purist notion that things have to be exactly the way they want them, instead of working with what is available to you at the moment.

    I will be listening to get the full context of his statement.

  • Le chele | September 29, 2011 3:59 AMReply

    I'm excited to see this documentary. I've had my share of insecurities regarding my complexion:

    http://sisterescape.blogspot.com/2011/05/diary-of-pretty-dark-skinned-girl.html

  • JMac | September 29, 2011 1:27 AMReply

    Huh, I would have thought they'd spend a little more time on the universal aspect just to show the worldwide impact this phenomenon has on black African women. After all, we're still going to be the darkest of them all.

    I'll be sure to listen in.

    Hopefully since they know about S & A they may take some helpful criticism, if there is any.

  • Cynthia | September 28, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    @Mec...I can take your personal viewpoint on the direction of the film but when you say...

    "insecure dark-skinned girls who have deep repressive childhood memories"...WTF???

  • Mec | September 28, 2011 12:12 PMReply

    Emmanuel,

    I saw "Dark Girls" and Duke's message was very unclear to me as well.

    Does “Dark Girls” focus primarily on complexion issues faced by females? Because the issue affects men as well.

    Yes. The doc focuses heavily on insecure dark-skinned girls who have deep repressive childhood memories.
    The doc did not focus on insecure males. It does however, reveal African-American males opinions on light skin vs. dark-skinned women issue.

    Does “Dark Girls” go into how complexion issues are not exclusive to blacks? In many nations around the world—take India, for example—skin complexion is also a major issue. Bleaching cream is a hot item in India.

    Well, sorta it shows 1 Korean-American girl's particular story. And a few South American Black women who discuss the issue. But their stories are like captured for 10 minutes the most. I was a little disappointed with those scenes I thought that it should of been explored a little bit longer.

    Did I like it? Uh not really! It seemed rushed and it needs some serious re-editing and direction. It looked like a amateur student documentary flick.

    Ignore my typos. I type really fast.

  • LvFlg | September 28, 2011 9:52 AMReply

    the job of the African-American filmmakers is to address this pressing issue as it relates to African-American women not Indian women. Their experience is in the African-American diaspora.
    It is the job of the Indian filmmaker do deal with this story in his/her own way. BTW-there is a South Asian filmmaker who has work in progress that deals with colorism.
    Because it is a universal issue does not mean it can't be addressed as to how plays out in America.

  • Emmanuel | September 28, 2011 9:31 AMReply

    Thanks, Cynthia. I'll be listening.

  • Cynthia | September 28, 2011 9:22 AMReply

    Well Emmanuel, I guess you have to listen tomorrow. (wink, wink) But to answer your question, this film addresses the issues black women face but they plan on tackling men as well in an upcoming production.

    They've received "worldwide" favorable responses and our fully aware of this "colorism" issue across the globe because they've been overwhelmed with interest.

  • Emmanuel | September 28, 2011 9:10 AMReply

    I haven't seen "Dark Girls" (if it's even out yet), but I have seen the trailer, and its focus is a bit unclear to me. Maybe those of you who have seen it can clear up a few things for me regarding the film.

    --Does "Dark Girls" focus primarily on complexion issues faced by females? Because the issue affects men as well.

    --Does "Dark Girls" go into how complexion issues are not exclusive to blacks? In many nations around the world-- take India, for example-- skin complexion is also a major issue. Bleaching cream is a hot item in India.

    I guess what I'd like to know is whether this film, "Dark Girls" makes it seem like black people in general have an issue with skin complexion, rather than recognizing it as a universal, human issue.

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