Journalism hosts showing of “Bleaching Black Culture”

The School of Journalism partnered with the International Black Film Festival Nashville to bring the powerful documentary “Bleaching Black Culture” to campus Oct. 9.

Bleaching Black Culture

Bleaching Black Culture

“Bleaching Black Culture” expresses distinct dialogue on the stolen legacy of African civilizations to shaping of American and global trends. Directed by Cas Sigers-Beedles, the documentary features discussions with prominent black professionals regarding the impact African-Americans have on art, culture, technology and more.

Dwight Brooks, director of the School of Journalism, introduced the program, held in the State Farm Room in the Business and Aerospace Building. Following the film, Brooks fielded questions from the approximately 80 students and faculty in attendance for panelists Brett Dismuke, president of Moguldom Entertainment in Atlanta, and Tom Neff, Mass Comm professor and founder of the  Documentary Channel.

“The discussion was very spirited and the discussions wide-ranging after the film,” Brooks said, “[with] students offering some insightful comments on black popular television, film and music, and hip-hop culture.”

During the discussion, Dismuke commented on the film’s concept, a point of view and process of editing the comments from the variety of people appearing in the documentary. Neff praised the producer’s approach.

Brett Dismuke

Brett Dismuke

“Brett Dismuke’s “Bleaching Black America” is a probing and thought-provoking examination of the proposition that the black culture has been stolen and exploited without any compensation to the creators,” Neff said. “The straightforward and balanced approach was a refreshing break from documentaries with extremely strong biases. The discussion afterward was worth the price of the movie; everyone will get something from seeing this film.”

Hazel-Joyhner Smith, founder of the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, helped organize the screening and Dismuke’s appearance.

IBFFN kicked off its “Higher Ed Tour” in October, partnering with area colleges and universities to bring quality independent films to campuses around the country. The tour hopes to engage students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities in meaningful discussions regarding social issues.

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