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Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production: A Symposium Honoring the 20th Anniversary of Cheryl Dunye’s “The Watermelon Woman”

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This symposium honors the 20th anniversary of Cheryl Dunye’s film, “The Watermelon Woman” (1996). The first feature film directed by and starring a black lesbian, the production of this film marked a watershed moment for black cinema, feminist cinema, lesbian cinema, and new queer cinema. 430 more words

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Movie Quote of the Day - Bessie, 2015 (dir. Dee Rees)

Ma Rainey: Now how that feel?
Bessie Smith: Like I’m about to fall.
Ma Rainey: That’s how it should feel every night. If you’re not risking nothing, neither will they.

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‘Bessie’ Director Dee Rees Follows Up With ‘Empire,’ A Zadie Smith Project And, Possibly, A Western – Emmys

HBO’s biopic of blues singer Bessie Smith was an over 20-years-in-the-making project. It wasn’t until Pariah writer-director Dee Rees reworked the Bessie script and eventually landed the helming gig that the TV movie fell into place, subsequently earning 12 Emmy nominations, including two for Rees (in writing and directing) and one for lead actress Queen Latifah. 1,521 more words

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