Looking for a guest speaker or lecturer? As an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and author, I am available with several lively presentations for your class, organization, or event.
Blaxploitation and Beyond examines the controversial film genre that emerged in the late 1970s. In this presentation, I talk about the sociopolitical origins of blaxploitation, how these films were shaped by racial ideology, and the impact the genre had in changing how blacks were presented in popular culture. My documentary, Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, & Shafted is available for screenings, and can be paired with the presentation.
Becoming Black is an exploration of racial ideology and the origins of racism in America, presented through a framework that seeks to personalize these often-uncomfortable subjects. By talking about slavery as it relates to my family—both as slaves and slave owners—I am able to transform the subject matter from something abstract to something real and personal. A slide show is used to share images of family members who were slaves. During this presentation, I talk about the personal narrative, how our lives are connected to history, and how understanding these connections help in the development of knowledge of self.
For more information on having me present at your school, organization, or event, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.