‘Selma’ finally liberates the political legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Montré Aza Missouri  On the night of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards in which critically acclaimed Selma directed by African American filmmaker Ava DuVernay and staring Nigerian-British actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. managed to walk away with only one award, despite nominations in several categories including Best Director and Best Actor, I… Read More

Black Women Directors at the Movies: The New ‘In’ Thing?

by Montré Aza Missouri More than twenty years ago, bell hooks examined the ambiguous relationship between black women and the cinema and argued that black female audiences have to take on an “oppositional gaze” distinctive from the intentions of predominately white male directors. According to hooks, this gaze of resistance is required in order for… Read More