For the month of June, we celebrate the influence of African American music on the world, Black Music Month. Within every genre…from Jazz, Hip-hop, R&B, Gospel to Opera, Country and more, African Americans have made pioneering contributions to music that have influenced and inspired generations.
The month long observance was first declared in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter, with the encouragement of legendary songwriter-producer Kenny Gamble. In the years since, Dyana Williams has worked to honor the contributions of pioneers such as Chuck Berry, James Brown, Marvin Gaye,
Nina Simone and countless others who helped shape the American musical landscape.
During the course of this month, renamed by President Obama as “African American Music Appreciation Month”, IBFF will highlight the “Kings and Queens” of Black Music and their contributions to music, film and more.
On Fri, Oct 24, after the 7:55pm screening of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a discussion will be held with director Justin Simien (via Skype). Moderated by Jonathan Waters, senior lecturer, Vanderbilt University’s cinema and media arts program. Visit www.belcourt.org to purchase tickets.
A satire about being a black face in a white place. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in this witty and whip-smart satire about black militancy,