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Watch Now: Melvin Van Peebles' 1998 Doc "Classified X"- A History of African American Stereotypes in Cinema

Shadow and Act By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act January 4, 2012 at 7:03PM

Melvin Van Peebles' 1998 documentary, Classified X, explores racist stereotypes of African Americans in the history of cinema, beginning with the silent film era.
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Melvin Van Peebles Classified X

Melvin Van Peebles' 1998 documentary, Classified X, explores racist stereotypes of African Americans in the history of cinema, beginning with the silent film era.

Van Peebles narrates throughout; you are highly recommended to see it if haven't done so by now. The documentary, directed by Mark Daniels, is quite compelling and provides a poignant and relatively thorough insight on the historical portrayal of African Americans on screen in both non-black and black films.

It's now streaming on Netflix; feel free to watch it there. However, I was able to find it in full on YouTube, although divided in six parts; which I've embedded below.

Watch!

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