4 items from 2014
25 years ago, I was really beginning to understand both the beauty and the overwhelming burden that my black male body represented. Native Son, Invisible Man, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, To Kill a Mockingbird, Roots, the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, etc., were all marinating inside of my 16 year old consciousness. Add to that, Yusef Hawkins, Yusef Salaam and Michael Griffith, all looked like me. I was angry and confused. That summer in ’89, I went to see Do The Right Thing. I saw it three times at a dingy, little theater called The Castle in Irvington, NJ. I cheered. I laughed. I cried. I cried, because I knew then, that at any given moment, it could be »
- Phill Branch
Ken Burns, co-director of the PBS documentary pic “The Central Park Five,” said a potential $40 million settlement in the case of the five men who were wrongfully imprisoned for beating and raping a female jogger will bring “closure” to a painful chapter in New York legal history.
The men and New York City’s Law Department reached a confidential deal this week, according to the New York Times.
Burns said financial restitution will provide some “measure of justice” to the five black and Hispanic plaintiffs who served between seven and thirteen years in prison before being exonerated. Burns and his daughter, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon produced the 2012 PBS docu that shed light on how the legal process went awry for the five men.
“Their story has come to symbolize the immense challenges we continue to confront when it comes to race in this country, but it is also the »
- Brent Lang
It was in November 2013 when then Mayor-elect of New York City Bill de Blasio, succeeding Michael Bloomberg, announced that he planned to settle the $250 million Central Park Five lawsuit against the city, which was filed over a decade ago. This evening, 7 months later, The New York Times is reporting that the city and the Central Park Five (Kharey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana Jr) – who were wrongly convicted of the rape of a jogger in 1989 – have reached a $40 million settlement, not the $250 million the Five originally sued the city for. Although the deal still needs to be sealed by a federal judge and the city »
- Tambay A. Obenson
NYC's Stranger Than Fiction documentary series has announced their winter 2014 lineup, with a thematic focus of music documentaries. The season begins January 28 with a sneak preview of "Finding the Funk," Nelson George's film about the past, present, and future of funk. As always, Stranger Than Fiction screenings take place Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. at the IFC Center, with every session followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. This year's series will combine classic docs such as D.A. Pennebaker's landmark "Monterey Pop" with previews of new documentaries. The one exception to the music focus of the series is "The Central Park Five," which will screen on January 30 with a Q&A with two of the film's subjects, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise. Another highlight is a screening of "A Great Day in Harlem," whose Oscar-nominated director Jean Bach died last May. It will be the first »
- Max O'Connell
4 items from 2014
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