But their festival is African -- as in the continent -- and most of our films are about the black American experience.
Q: You've programmed a couple of selections that are included on the great "Pioneers of African-American Cinema" set that was released on DVD & Blu-ray last year.
Having an intro that DJs can randomly drop in the club over two decades later is admirable, but it’s far from the show’s most impressive element.
That’s reserved for the career boost given to the actors who appeared on the show, from the main players to the ones who only had scenes in one or several of than its star, Will Smith.
In honor of the show’s 25th anniversary, we spoke to a few of them—Nia Long, Jasmine Guy, Lela Rochon, Elise Neal, and Vivica A.
Fox—about their memories from the show, the impact it had on their careers, and its lasting influence. The audition process was a different experience for each of the actresses.
Although it’s one of the most important black television shows ever made, it transcended race.
The relationship abruptly changed when Lew asked her to start calling him Kareem.Her heart set on an education, she didn’t want to move to Milwaukee.Icons of the African-American experience take center stage during the Portland Black Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday, Feb. The films included date as far back as 1920 and take audiences from the hockey rink to the dance floor, with plenty of stops in between.Walker, who worked as the film critic for Willamette Week for seven years and has written a succession of acclaimed comic books, including the Marvel titles "Occupy Avengers" and "Power Man and Iron Fist." He answered questions via email about this year's films, the role of the festival and more. Q: How does the Portland Black Film Festival function as a complement to the Cascade Festival of African Films, which also takes place in February each year?A: If there is any way in which we complement each other it is that we both showcase films dealing with the experiences of people of African descent.