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WE GOTTA HAVE IT: TWENTY YEARS OF SEEING BLACK AT THE MOVIES, 1986-2006, by Esther Iverem
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The year 2006 marked the twentieth anniversary of the “New Wave” in Black film, that upstart artistic movement beginning with Spike Lee’s "She’s Gotta Have It," which transformed Black images on the big and small screen, bringing a new generation’s sensibility to national and global discourse about race, class, gender and culture. More than 400 film reviews from a Black perspective are in the mix, along with interviews and essays, including those that address the current debate about Black depictions in popular culture. Iverem is a widely published journalist and poet. She is the founder and editor of SeeingBlack.com.
WE GOTTA HAVE IT: TWENTY YEARS OF SEEING BLACK AT THE MOVIES, 1986-2006. Available in stores everywhere. Please join Iverem on her book tour or order the book from Amazon.com or from your favorite bookstore!
"Iverem takes a no-apologies approach on behalf of the African American community as treated by Hollywood, representing a gifted and socially conscious mind. Her analyses of the performances and character choices of contemporary actors like Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy are tenacious yet fair. Iverem's reviews express real concern about how African American images are being stripped, reprocessed and sold back to Americans and the global audience. Highly recommended for all types of libraries--Richard A. Dickey, The Library of Congress
“Esther Iverem, a veteran of the media wars, brings a voice that is deft, insightful and good-humored to the subject of African American culture. In this groundbreaking collection, spanning 20 years of Black film, she proves that we have our own way of seeing—and appreciating—the movies.”--Tavis Smiley, author, radio and talk show host
"What I wouldn’t give for a movie date with Esther Iverem! She is, hands down, one the smartest cultural critics of her generation. Her essays are intelligent, lively, often humorous, sometimes sharply critical, and best of all, they make us see differently. This wonderful romp through the last two decades of Black-subject films will have you visiting your local video store on the regular. It’s one of those books we gotta have."
--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
"The work of African American filmmakers continues to out pace critiques and commentary by African American film critics. Esther Iverem closes this gap by providing the reader reviews and commentary on a genre that, over the last twenty years, has moved from the margins to the mainstream of American Cinema." --Warrington Hudlin, producer of Boomerang and House Party,
president of the Black Filmmaker Foundation
About the Author
Esther Iverem is a former staff writer for several
newspapers, including The Washington Post and Newsday. Her reviews, essays and interviews on film and culture have appeared widely, in publications such as Newsday, The Washington Post, BET.com, BlackAmericaWeb.com and SeeingBlack.com, which she founded in 2001. Iverem is a recipient of a USC/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship, a National Arts Journalism Fellowship and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. She is also the author of two books of poems, The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home and Living in Babylon.
Please support these bookstores that have supported WE GOTTA HAVE IT. Also, please consider the book if you are a member of a book club, teach film, communications, Black Studies, American Studies, Women's Studies or any other related field, or can include coverage of the book as a journalist or show host.
***These dates are from 2007***
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April 13—Durham, NC
The Know Bookstore and Cultural Center
2520 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707
April 14—Atlanta, GA
2841 Greenbriar Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30331
April 17—Charlotte, NC
Borders Books, Music, Movies and Café
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
Charlotte, NC 28216
April 20—New York, NY
Alumni Book Fair
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Rotunda of Low Library
116th and Broadway
Served by Columbia University Bookstore
April 22—Queens, NY
The American Museum of the Moving Image
35 Avenue at 36 Street
Astoria, NY 11106
April 26—College Park, MD
7346 Baltimore Ave.
College Park MD 20740
One block south of campus on Rt. 1
Talk DC!-Authors Showcase
Henley Park Hotel, Blue Bar
926 Massachusetts Ave., NW.
May 12—Washington, DC
Busboys and Poets, the Langston Room
2021 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 18-Philadelphia, PA
108 South 13th Street
Philadelphia PA, 19104.
May 19-New York, NY
The Schomburg Center
for Research in Black Culture
Panel: "Writing is Fighting"
A Celebration of the birthday
of Malcolm X to support building
the Malcolm X Museum.
135th St. and Malcolm X Blvd.
June 1—Los Angeles, CA
Eso Won Books
4331 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
June 2-San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Black Film Festival
Marcus Book Store
1712 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
June 16—New York, NY
Smai Tawi/Heal Thyself Center
106 Kingston Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11213
June 17-New York, NY
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
June 20—Largo, MD
Prince George’s County Memorial Library
9601 Capital Lane
Largo, MD 20774
TTY: (301) 808-2061
NEW!!! August 9--Washington, DC
Panel and Book Signing
Following 6 PM Reception and 6:30 Screening
Washington Area African Diaspora Film Series
1629 K Street N.W., Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006
(202)223-1960 (Ext. 137)
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NEW!!! October 6--Largo, MD
Panel and Book Signing
The Blvd @ Cap Center
In and Around Borders Books
***These dates are for 2008***
February 20, 2008--Baltimore, MD
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
March 19, 2008--Durham, N.C.
John Hope Franklin Center
2204 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27708
March 28, 2008--Washington, D.C.
University of the District of Columbia
Bldg 38, Second Floor
Judging a Poetry Slam
Thursday, May 1, 2008--Washington, D.C.
Historical Society of Washington
WPFW Sterling A. Brown Active Culture series
Saturday, May 10, 2008--Evanston, Ill.
Symposium on Social Issue Media
Constructions of Race in Film and Television
McCormick Tribune Center
1870 Campus Drive
Evanston, Ill. 60201
June 4--Washington, D.C.
Reading and Book Signing
Claude Brown Writers & Readers Series
Office of the State Superintendent
of Education, Adult and Family Education
Busboys & Poets, the Langston Room
2021 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Check back! More dates to come! Thanks!
WE GOTTA HAVE IT
By Esther Iverem
April 17, 2007 / 640 pages trade paperback original / $17.95 / ISBN: 1-56025-916-7
Published by Thunder’s Mouth Press, distributed by Publishers Group West
© Copyright 2006 SeeingBlack.com
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