(L to R): Rob Woods (Georgia Equality), Dr. Francine Allen (Morehouse), Ambassador Andrew Young (Civil Rights Icon), Dr. Stephane Dunn (Morehouse), Dr. Daniel Black (Clark Atlanta University) and Fahamu Pecou (Famed Artist & Scholar)
(ATLANTA) January 24, 2017: On Monday, musical superstar and social critic/activist, Janelle Monáe and civil rights icon, Andrew Young engaged with students, press and influencers at a private screening of I Am Not Your Negro.
Hosted by famed visual artist and 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.
In the building were: Egypt Sherrod (HGTV's "Flipping Virgins"); DJ FaDelf (Celebrity DJ, Author and Motivational Speaker); Isis Valentino (St. Beauty); Jack A. Daniels (Psychotherapist, 5x Bestselling Author and Host of FYI's "Black Love"); Marshawn Evans (Author, NBC's "The Apprentice"); Christopher Hicks (Director, Mayor's Office of Film and 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 and 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 and Fahamu Pecou. The discussion explored everything from the past and present of race relations, the countenance and impact of James Baldwin during the civil rights movement, the relevancy of the documentary to the social issues of today and thoughts on where we go from "here."
TAKE A LOOK AT THE EXPERIENCE
Guests begin to arrive
Students get settled in the auditorium
Students are happy to see the film
Host, Fahamu Pecou, chatting with guests
Christopher Hicks & Dr. Stephane Dunn
Ambassador Andrew Young chats with a guest and Dr. Dunn
Fahamu Pecou welcomes the crowd
Janelle Monae is in the building
Ambassador Young sharing knowledge in post screening talkback
Everyone is intently listening
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ABOUT THE FILM
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of this manuscript.
Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
SEE WHAT ALL THE BUZZ IS ABOUT
"One of the best movies you are likely to see this year."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"A transcendent documentary. A meditation on the prophetic brilliance and the very being of James Baldwin."
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"A fascinating and gorgeous and very powerful film."
- Bob Mondello, NPR
IDA Documentary Award Winner for Best Writing; Nominee for Best Feature
Gotham Award Nominee for Best Documentary
5 Cinema Eye Honors Nominations, including Best Picture and Best Direction
4 Festival Audience Awards including Toronto, Hamptons, Chicago and Philadelphia
IN THEATERS FEBRUARY 3, 2017