Racial identity is a difficult subject, fraught with controversy. For some, Black Is...Black Ain't challenges deeply held beliefs. For others, it airs painful material they have trouble discussing. But we believe that the film - and the discussions it provokes - can begin healing the wounds it uncovers. We hope this presentation will help you move this process of intra-racial acceptance along.
The Black Is...Black Ain't web site consists of several parts:
- The background essay, "What is Black? Too Black? Not Black Enough?" can be reprinted and distributed to students prior to viewing the film.
- The Discussion Questions will help students isolate and consider important points.
- The Biography of Marlon Riggs will help you better understand Black Is...Black Ain't in the context of the filmmaker's own life.
- The Bibliography can be referenced for further reading.
- Finally, Gravity provides an interactive electronic forum to discuss the film and the questions it raises.
We hope you find Black Is...Black Ain't as compelling as we do!