Monday, February 6, 2017

Reel Talk: I Am Not Your Negro

by Da CogNegro

Release Date: February 3rd, 2017

Director:Raoul Peck

Synopsis: Writer James Baldwin tells the story in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House

Review: It's a shame that James Baldwin is not more of a household name when mentioning, in casual conversations that lie outside of academic circles, sociopolitical heavyweights of the civil rights era. But after watching  Raoul Peck's documentary ,I Am Not Your Negro, it would be shocking if that trend continues for anyone who happens to experience Baldwin's words, via Samuel L. Jackson's indistinguishable pitch, symphonically enhance vintage, as well as contemporary, footage that relates to the past and present state of Black America. No aspect of this documentary seems superfluous or wasted. From the pitch-perfect music selections down to the biting sound clips, it all works to create a masterpiece that no eyes should glance over. Not only is this documentary an empowering watch, but due to our current, social climate, it should be categorized as necessary viewing! (A) -CgN


  1. Still processing this movie 2 hours after seeing it might have to watch this again just to fully grasp everything they presented. The cross section of history with the juxtaposition of Hollywood film clips just powerful imagery combined with Baldwin's words