Malcolm X Foundation hosts its first movie series
February 8th, 2011
Omaha, NE – In celebration of Black History Month, the Malcolm X foundation will host its first movie series in their new facility, this week.
The Malcolm X foundation will kick the movie series off with the documentary, â€œSkin.â€Â Walter Vincent Brooks is the administrative director for the Malcolm X Foundation.Â Brooks said â€œSkinâ€ is a story that takes place in South Africa and tells the story of a white couple who gives birth to a dark skinned child.
â€œThis movie is about a girl, dealing with a conflict.Â Her parents are white and she herself is classified as someone who is not white, and during the South African apartheid this is a nightmare.â€Â He adds, â€œsheâ€™s literally not suppose to even live with her parents.â€
Other movies in the series include, â€œ500 Years Later,â€ â€œHip – Hop Beyond Beats and Rhymes,â€ and â€œBastard of the Party,â€ a film that chronicles the history of the street gangs.
â€œPeople donâ€™t tend to know the history of street gangs, crews, and organizations that date back to the 30â€™s and 40â€™s. Â Now, obviously they were not necessarily connected to drug dealing and gun violence the way many of them are in the present day.â€Â He said, â€œA movie like this shows the real social evolution in how individuals come up in worlds where going into these types of organizations is a very real rite of passage.â€
Following the movie presentation, Brooks will lead a discussion about the film of the night.Â Â He said these films give people the opportunity to talk about racism, the role of slavery, both historically and in present day, gangs and the hip- hop culture.Â Brooks said the series is open to everyone.
â€œMalcolm X was not just for black people and neither is the Malcolm X Center.Â Weâ€™re encouraging all of Omaha particularly those who are looking for an event in the month of February which is traditionally black history month.”Â Brooks said, â€œPeople who are interested in partaking in an event that might be a little less academic and more popular oriented are encouraged to come to centers movie series.â€
The series starts February 8th at 6 and runs every Tuesday until March 1st at the Malcolm X building located in North Omaha.
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