Melvin Van Peebles And Walter Mosley Look At Hollywood

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Melvin Van Peebles


NYU @ Institute of African American Affairs presents

Reflections on the Post: Hollywood’s Representation of Race in the Obama Era featuring


This lecture series invites a writer/artist/critic to select a single film or a group of films that he/she feel exemplifies an Obama Era Hollywood representation of stereotypical blackness, or a post-racial society. The series began in the fall 2014 semester with speakers including Stanley Crouch and Sapphire.

TIME: 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Global Center-NYU, Grand Hall, 5th floor, Rm 573

238 Thompson Street (between West 3rd Street and Washington Square South) New York, NY

Free and open to the public.  Space is limited.

Please RSVP at (212) 998-IAAA (4222)

Melvin Van Peebles is an actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer. His acclaimed 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, is credited for heralding in a new era of African American focused films with other works addressing the topic of black-white stereotyping, such as Watermelon Man (1970).  In 2005, Van Peebles was the subject of a documentary entitled How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It).

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, a young adult novel and the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. As a film writer and producer, he is known for Always Outnumbered (1998), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)—based on his books— The Middle Passage (2000), The Law and Mr. Lee (2003) and others.


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