Ishmael Reed, Halifu Osumare, Marvin X, Cecil Brown, Jesse Allen-Taylor, Justin Desmangles
Program: Black Hollywood Unchained
Date: July 3, 2016
Time: 1:30-3:30 PM
Location: Koret Auditorium (Lower Level of the San Francisco Public Library) 100 Larkin St.
Ishmael Reed discusses his recent book, Black Hollywood Unchained, which features essays from scholars, critics, intellectuals, and artists who examine contemporary portrayals of Blacks in films and provide a critical perspective on the challenges facing Black filmmakers and actors. Ishmael Reed will be joined by Black Hollywood Unchained contributors Dr. Halifu Osumare, Marvin X, Cecil Brown, Jesse Allen-Taylor, and Justin Desmangles.
From Counter-punch, “When Cedric submitted his dissertation for approval, the faculty did not know what to make of it. One by one, individual members resigned from his committee citing an inability to understand the work. No one could reasonably reject a thesis so sound, elegant, and erudite, but few were willing to sign off. Only after Cedric threatened legal action was his thesis finally accepted—nearly four years later. Finding a publisher proved equally difficult.”
“I was deeply impressed by the intellectual depth of the festival, finding panels that were bold and courageous, unflinching,” says Justin Desmangles, describing last year’s event. Desmangles, chair of the Before Columbus Foundation, a 40-year-old Oakland nonprofit that champions contemporary American multicultural literature, organized 2016 panels including: “Multiracial Literature in America” featuring Victor LaValle, Emily Raboteau and John Keene at 11 a.m.; “Confessions of a Number One Son: Chinese-American Literature Now,” featuring Frank Chin, Genny Lim and Calvin McMillin at 11 a.m.; and “The F.B.I.’s War on Culture,” with William J. Maxwell, Seth Rosenfeld and Frank B. Wilderson III at 1:45 p.m.”
Johnnie Burrell interviews participants at the 2016 Oakland Book Festival, including Before Columbus Foundation board member Justin Desmangles, Activist Musician Boots Riley (of The Coup), and American Book Award recipient Frank B Wilderson III, among a great many others.