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    Directed by Marlon Riggs and Peter Webster • 1981 • United States

    Marlon Riggs’s UC Berkeley thesis film draws on a wealth of archival materials to trace the evolution of the Oakland blues, a unique musical style developed by Black shipyard workers in the Bay Area in the 1940s and ’50s.

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    Directed by Marlon Riggs • 1986 • United States

    Marlon Riggs’s essential, Emmy-winning documentary takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing the deep-rooted stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. Examining the racist depictions of African Americans that h...

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    Directed by Marlon Riggs • 1989 • United States

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