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How ‘One Night in Miami,’ ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and More Give Audiences “An Opportunity to Witness Black – Hollywood Reporter

A film critic, academic and novelist notes the acute joy and pain of viewing awards contenders that explore African American genius, including ‘Judas and the Black…

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Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah made me weep. My parents actively resisted America’s system of white supremacy in the 1960s and 1970s. Folk like Fred Hampton were discussed in a way that made me feel like they were family. Whenever my father talked about the 1969 murder of Los Angeles Panther leader John Huggins, or “John John” as he called him, his eyes would fill with tears, and he would look away, then look back at me, his eyes bright with two different elements: water and a certain,…

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