October 2, 2022
Fresno City College, Theatre Arts
Black As U R
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Do all Black lives matter, or only heterosexual Black lives? This is the question theater and film director Micheal Rice powerfully explores in this deep, necessary dive into the intertwined damage of racism and homophobia within Black communities. Brilliantly weaving together history and contemporary lived experience on the streets of America, Rice revisits gay civil rights icons James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin, interviews preachers and professors, and talks to Black trans youth. He adds his own experience to the mix, with home movies and reflections on growing up Black and gay in the South. In one memorable sequence, Rice visits a Black barbershop for a frank discussion of the prejudices many of its patrons cling to.