On Monday (1.24.2017), musical superstar & social critic/activist Janelle Monáe and civil rights icon Andrew Young engaged with students, press, & influencers at a private screening of "I Am Not Your Negro", which was just recently nominated as "Best Documentary Feature" for the 89th Academy Awards!!!
Hosted by famed visual artist & scholar Fahamu Pecou, the evening kicked off with a special presentation by Janelle Monáe who shared background on a special connection that her label, Wondaland Records, has to James Baldwin and his work. She then recited a moving excerpt from Baldwin's "Notes From A Native Son", which set an empowering tone for the event.
"@Wondaland Arts Society and I have the honor of hosting a gut wrenching and TIMELY documentary about our hero James Baldwin," shared Monáe. "It is an honor to screen a documentary about one of the greatest American writers, JAMES BALDWIN! Thank you Raoul Peck for making I Am Not A Negro."
In the building were: Egypt Sherrod (HGTV's "Flipping Virgins"); DJ FaDelf (celebrity DJ, author, & motivational speaker); Isis Valentino (St. Beauty); Jack A. Daniels (psychotherapist, 5x bestselling author & host of FYI's "Black Love"); Marshawn Evans (author, NBC's "The Apprentice"); Christopher Hicks (Director, Mayor's Office of Film & Entertainment); Jerika Head-Stewart (Founder, Hat-titude Big Hat Brunch), and many more!!!
At the end of the screening, the film received a standing ovation, which was the perfect setup to the final highlight of the evening - an intriguing talkback panel discussion moderated by Morehouse Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) Director, Dr. Stephane Dunn and featured Ambassador Andrew Young; Clark Atlanta University African American Studies Professor, Dr. Daniel Black; Morehouse College Asst. Professor of English, Dr. Francine Allen, Georgia Equality Field Organizer, Rob Woods, & Fahamu Pecou. The discussion explored everything from the past & present of race relations, the countenance & impact of James Baldwin during the civil rights movement, the relevancy of the documentary to the social issues of today, & thoughts on where we go from "here"
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