Black Is... Black Ain't
Black Is... Black Ain't (1995)

This documentary by filmmaker Marlon Riggs explores issues of black cultural identity in America, intermixing footage of performers like poet Essex Hemphill and choreographer Bill T. Jones with insight and analysis by prominent voices in… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1995
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Walter Goodman
New York Times

Whatever its excesses, "Black Is . . . Black Ain't" stands as a testament to a dedicated and daring man.

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Adrian Mack
Georgia Straight

By the end of Black Is... Black Ain't, an almost entirely non-black audience in Vancouver will have been disabused of its narrow perceptions of African-American life. It's an important gift, bequeathed by a beautiful soul.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

A still relevant call for communion among diverse African-American communities, and an elegy for an activist-artist.

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