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The Black List: Vol. 1

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Profound docu explores African-American racial identity.

Movie NR 2008 92 minutes
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This film offers interesting and at times unique insights into how different African Americans think about the role that race plays in their lives. It also introduces viewers to African-American leaders who may not be household names but who have built successful careers in fields where few African Americans have succeeded in the past. The Black List also introduces a new generation of viewers to some of the people whose life's work opened the doors and paved the way for all people of color in America.

While the edited interviews sometimes seem a little on the short side, they're actually just long enough to allow viewers to get a sense of each person's individual journey -- and to create an interesting collage of ideas about what being black really means to African Americans. And although the film focuses on the African-American experience, many of the issues it raises could inspire people from other racial/ethnic groups to look to their own communities to explore their own identities and seek mentorship and inspiration. Overall, The Black List offers a profound viewing experience to anyone who has questioned -- or been questioned about -- the role that race has played in their lives.

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