Black History

A Love Letter To A Dancer And Activist

by Thomas Breen | Nov 12, 2015 12:03 pm

Photo by Rosie Kar, PhDIn The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen, which will be playing this Thursday night as one of the opening movies in the 2015 New Haven International Film Festival, director Jennifer Abod documents the many challenges and triumphs of a woman who continually sought to reinvent herself as she came to know and embrace each aspect of a complicated identity. Indeed, the film is a sort of love letter — a well-deserved and carefully made one —  to the New Haven dancer, feminist, civil rights activist and scholar offers a loving portrait of a life defined by difficult transitions, hard-won success and lasting personal and professional influence.

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Fighting, & Writing, The Fire

by Sebastian Medina-Tayac | Jul 19, 2015 3:20 pm | Comments (9)

When Wesley Williams reported to the firehouse for his first day of work in 1919, the captain resigned and every single other man on the force requested a transfer. The mostly Irish-American firemen insisted the African-American officer sleep in the basement (he didn’t), refused to talk to him, and smashed dishes that he had used. One day, racial tensions erupted into a fistfight, which Williams won.

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Rodney King, Reality TV Star

by Aliyya Swaby | Jun 19, 2015 10:19 am

Judy Risota Rosenthal PhotoThe day after a white supremacist killed nine black people in a Charleston, S.C., church, an actor with Charleston roots brought home the violence facing black Americans for a mostly white audience up north, tossing around the “n” word and raising uncomfortable questions about how we view victims.

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