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The Little and RABJ Present The Black Cinema Series

By Scott Pukos
scott@thelittle.org
The Little Theatre is proud to announce The Black Cinema Series, presented in partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ). The series celebrates both documentary and narrative expressions in black cinema with a curated film choice every month. To complement each film, The Little will host discussions led by RABJ members, local experts, community leaders, and filmmakers after each series screening.
The series will begin during Black History Month with the critically acclaimed I Am Not Your Negro. The debut screening will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb 10, with a panel discussion after the film. Details on the panel will be made available later this month.
While future films in the series may only screen once, that is not the case with the debut documentary. I Am Not Your Negro will continue a limited run at The Little throughout February.
About I Am Not Your Negro: In 1979, novelist and social critic James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his new book: Remember This House. The project was set to focus on the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin was not able to complete the book before his death, and the unfinished manuscript was entrusted to director Raoul Peck (Moloch Tropical, Murder in Pacot) by the writer's estate.
Built exclusively around Baldwin's words, Peck's I Am Not Your Negro delves into the complex legacy of three lives (and deaths) that permanently marked the American social and political landscape. Framing the unfinished work as a radical narration about race in America, Peck matches Baldwin's lyrical rhetoric with rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements that have taken shape in response to the killings of young African-American men including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and Amir Brooks.
The Panel:
Tokeya C. Graham, educator, activist, James Baldwin scholar
David Shakes, local actor, playwright and James Baldwin expert
Richard J. McCullough, RABJ President, meteorologist
Nate Brown, host WHTK talk radio
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Marietta Avery
General Manager WDXK 1039 FM
Marietta G. Avery was a pioneer in the broadcast industry. Some may not have heard of her, but you have heard of WDKX 1039 FM, in part thanks to her. Marietta was one of the original staff members of the station that began its historic journey 41 years ago in April. Like many of us her story began in the Deep South.
Read more from our media partner Upstate Gospel Magazine
http://upstatenygospelmagazine.com/a-tribute-to-wdkx-general-manager-marietta-g-avery/
https://youtu.be/ai6iQy1cVF8
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Derek Smith
Baritone soloist
A 1988 master’s degree recipient from the Eastman School of Music, Derrick Smith was known to Rochester audiences as a frequent oratorio, opera, and concert performer, and gave acclaimed performances throughout America and in Europe and Russia as well.

Read more from the Eastman School of Music
https://www.esm.rochester.edu/blog/2014/11/in-memory-of-derrick-smith/
https://youtu.be/coVNxhBCmds
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Dr. Reverend James L. Cherry, Sr.
Aenon Baptist Church Retired Pastor
The Reverend Dr. James L. Cherry, Sr. retires after 34 years at Aenon Baptist church. Pastor Cherry was instrumental in a number of major improvements and expansions of the church. He was very involved in the community and supported charitable causes. Reverend Cherry will soon move to Virginia with his wife.
Read more from our media partner Upstate Gospel Magazine
http://upstatenygospelmagazine.com/the-completion-of-an-era-dr-james-l-cherry-sr/
https://youtu.be/9ifu7yaZwvw
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Rodney A. Young
Professional Photographer
Director of AALDP at the united Way of Rochester
Rodney learned about the importance of education and giving back to the community at an early age. After graduation from SUNY Binghamton, NY in the early 1970's he began working in the field of insurance and finance. Young is also noted for his historic pictures of people and events in Rochester for more than 40 years.
Learn more about Rodney Young by going to the RABJ documentary film on his life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG-uLWVE8I0
https://youtu.be/xrruj3OpG_4
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For Black History Month, RABJ presents Inspirations, a series of 30-60 second vignettes, airing on radio and television, featuring the thoughts and words of encouragement from a variety of prominent African-Americans in the Rochester, New York community. Joins us as we applaud our local Black History.
–Richard J. McCollough, M.Ed.
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Hillary Clinton brought her 2016 campaign to Rochester with a Rally at Monroe Community College. Secretary Clinton is hoping to get a big win in her adopted state of New York in the April 19th primary.
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As part of the RABJ 2015 Salute to Excellence Gala a new segment entitled In Memoriam was inaugurated to pay tribute to past members who have passed on. This year the organization honored Marietta Avery, General Manager at WDKX 1039 FM, Marsha Jones, Writer, Novelist and Columnist and Award winning Sports Journalist Allen Wilson. These reflections from colleagues and friends are poignant.
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Rodney A. Young is one of our 2015 Salute to Excellence honorees. This documentary is about his life and career growing up in Rochester, NY. Rodney learned about the importance of education and giving back to the community at an early age. After graduation from SUNY Binghamton, NY in the early 1970's he began working in the field of insurance and finance. However after taking a trip to Africa he moved into the not for profit world and began working for United Way finally heading the successful African American Leadership Program (AALDP), which among other things teaches young people to become leaders. Young is also noted for his historic pictures of people and events in Rochester for more than 40 years. 

For the past fifteen years, Rochester native Rodney Allen Young, has served as Senior Relationship Manager and coordinator of the African American Leadership Program (AALDP) for the United Way of Greater Rochester, Inc.
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Cynthia L. Benjamin is one of our 2015 Salute to Excellence honorees. This documentary is about her life and career growing up in the deep south and rising through the ranks to become an award winning journalist and manager at Gannett Newspapers.
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