Within Our Gates (1920)

Within Our Gates (1920)
“Getting Recognized More and More”: Donald Trump and Within Our Gates “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” These are the incredible words of the leader of the most powerful nation in the world. To compound the horror of it, President ...

Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures (2016)
“What Color Is Your Computer?” In his 1986 book, Grammophone, Film, Typewriter, German cultural theorist Friedrich Kittler builds a pessimistic history of communication technology by observing the nineteenth century slippage between the newly invented typewriter (whose first success came in 1868 in the post-Civil War United States), and the mostly women who soon operated the ...

Ganja and Hess (1973)

Ganja and Hess (1973)
“Men Overtaken by Racism” The success of William Crain’s 1972 Blaxploitation film, Blacula resulted in a series of formulaic genre films, such as Blackenstein (1973) and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976). The film that most forcefully resisted this moral simplicity was Bill Gunn’s Ganja and Hess (1973), an allegorical artwork about the nature of addiction. ...