Sam Greenlee Has A Few Things To Say About What We Call 'Black Cinema'...

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 24, 2013 11:40 AM
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Long time readers of S&A will already be familiar with the below video clip of a very frank Sam Greenlee (The Spook Who Sat By The Door) dishing on the state of "black cinema".

As some of you know by now, I post this once a year, usually right around Oscar time; and I'm posting it again this year, for those who haven't seen it, as well as a reminder for those who already have.

I could post this every year quite frankly, and it STILL would be topical (which is quite sad) next year, the year after that, and so on... until something drastic happens to bring about real change, that is.

It fits nicely into the myriad of conversations we've had on S&A, and continue to have, everyday, every week, every month about (broadly-speaking) the amount of progress that black people have made in this industry that's a century old.

So while we continue to debate the lack of a varied, diverse representation of black people on TV, film, and at the Oscars tonight, consider Mr Greenlee's words.

I also can't say it enough: with the same passion and enthusiasm that you criticize those depictions you don't like, support those that you do.

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  • urbanauteur | February 26, 2013 4:45 PMReply


  • Africameleon | February 24, 2013 3:30 PMReply

    "With the same passion and enthusiasm that you criticize those depictions you don't like, support those that you do."


  • Troy | February 25, 2013 2:21 PM

    People don't know how to be a good person. They just know how not to be a bad one.

  • Africameleon | February 24, 2013 3:58 PM

    I can't think of enough exclamations that would express how dynamite and pertinent Greenlee's words are. Thanks Tambay for the post and re-post and re-re-posts. My blood is warm, my spirit is high, and my soul was just set on fire!

  • Justin W | February 24, 2013 12:05 PMReply

    Wow, what a great watch. He said all that basically needed to be said.

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