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Black screenwriters and directors give broader view of black life

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Today’s predominantly black films frequently debut among the top-grossing, prompting production companies to invest more in production and marketing.

In the 1980s, a breakthrough of black directors, writers and producers, most prominently Spike Lee, offered portrayals of black life rarely seen on film. Lee’s first film, She’s Gotta Have It, was set in an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood and was one of the first few that dealt with relationships, with a woman as its lead character.

The 1990s saw popular film adaptations of popular novels by African-American authors, such as Terry McMillan’sWaiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress.
 

SOURCE: Baltimore Sun

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Written by Symphony

December 12, 2007 at 11:42 am

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  1. Yeah, Spike lee and Singleton broke down the race-barrier for mainstream Black film-makers. When you have a right to compete in the cultural landscape you gain recognition and respect. Sweet blog by the way.

    johnnypeepers

    December 12, 2007 at 2:03 pm

  2. Thanks Johnny. “Others” don’t control our image. We do and its the people who look like us who are making those images bad ones.

    akilah31

    December 12, 2007 at 5:31 pm

  3. I would like to share correspondece with fellow writers,to sort of jel on ideas for future projects.

    darlene daniels

    September 3, 2008 at 3:49 pm

  4. Im a black professional screen writer getting paid to do what I love but I didn’t write a black project. I wrote a unversal project becuase I want my work to include all Gods peopole black white green purple. I’m presently shoping a work of Soul Assassins and Soulo Assassins Dark Truths written to shake up the world. I hope its accpeted by all people and that it goes down as a universal project all inclusive to all people

    Brian Huntley

    February 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm


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