Emory Cinematheque Examines Black Lives on the Small Screen

Issa Rae, HBO's Inescure

January 12, 2018

Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies presents the Spring 2018 Cinematheque Series Black Lives on the Small Screen. The spring line-up marks the series’ first in-depth look at television created for, targeted toward, and most often written by African-Americans. Screenings range from episodes of the landmark 1977 miniseries Roots to contemporary shows like HBO’s Insecure and ABC’s Black-ish.

Screenings begin January 24 and continue on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. through April 18.

“The selections recall for some and introduce for others television series and non-fiction programming that have been debated, loved, hated, and generally embraced by black audiences over the years,” says series curator Beretta E. Smith-Shomade, Associate Professor of Television at Emory. 

The series showcase both non-fictional and fictional programs and will host nationally renowned television scholars as well as television writers, producers, and showrunners to introduce and lead audience discussions after the screenings.

Television scholars who will participate include Eric Pierson (University of San Diego), Christine Acham (University of Southern California), Bambi Haggins (University of California-Irvine), Kristen Warner (University of Alabama), and Nsenga Burton (Clark Atlanta University). The series will also host industry professionals including showrunner for and producer of Being Mary Jane Erica Shelton Kodish; The Quad creator, writer, scholar and showrunner Felicia D. Henderson, and a current writer from ABC hit-series black-ish.

All screenings are free and open to the public and take place in White Hall 208 on the Emory University Campus.

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