Hyperallergic speaks to Maya Cade, creator of the Black Film Archive, about showcasing an “abundance of Blackness across time.”
An Intimate Look at James Baldwin and His Rarely Discussed Suicide Attempts
Harmony Holiday wants to show “the Baldwin who was baffled and befuddled and wounded and perfectly real.”
Listening to the Joy in James Baldwin’s Record Collection
Curator Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi hopes to rouse a new generation of writers with “Chez Baldwin,” a 32-hour-long Spotify playlist based on Baldwin’s vinyl record collection.
Barry Jenkins’s Tender Adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk
Jenkins brings a visual richness to the story, accentuating the emotional undertones of Baldwin’s words.
A Collaborative Photobook by Richard Avedon and James Baldwin
Avedon and Baldwin’s 1964 photobook, with a new introduction by Hilton Als, resonates profoundly today.
I Am Not Your Negress: On Violence and American Necrophilia
I Am Not Your Negro is a spectacularly and explicitly violent film, and yet it’s been described as having “implied” violence.
A James Baldwin Documentary Raises Questions About America that May Never Be Answered
Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro delivers brutally honest polemics about white America from James Baldwin.
A Documentary Envisions a Book James Baldwin Never Finished
Directed by Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro is montage and meditation, a dialogue between the archive and the present.
James Baldwin’s Longtime Home in Southern France Faces Demolition
The acclaimed writer James Baldwin moved from New York to Paris in 1948 and then to Saint-Paul de Vence in the south of France, where he eventually died with his longtime lover, the obscure Swiss painter Lucien Happersberger, at his side.
Brooklyn’s Own Briar Patch: A Funk Opera Takes On Gentrification
Gentrification has been the subject of countless plays and performances in New York, but the number of productions taking it on seems to have increased dramatically in recent years.
Midcentury Expressionist Drama, Novelized
PARIS — I recently met in my studio the writer Jake Lamar, a New York ex-pat living in Paris, and spoke to him about his new novel, Postérité (The original English title is “Posthumous”), that will be published today in French by Rivages.
The Elephant in Our Room
LOS ANGELES — A central insight of James Baldwin’s writing had to do with the way racism diminished the racist as much or more than his victim.