A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive message about racial awareness, empowerment, and the strength of your community. Topics like stereotyping, racial discrimination, and community activism are also discussed.
Positive Role Models
Most of the featured interviewees are high achievers in the arts or other realms, making them positive role models for teens who tune in.
Violence & Scariness
A few pictures of activist Angela Davis getting carried away in handcuffs and being featured on the FBI's "Most Wanted" lists in the 1970s. Some discussions about gang violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild references to womanizing.
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Language includes racial epithets like the "N" word, but these are mostly offered within the context of personal stories. Other words include "hell," "s--t," and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Some of the interviewees briefly discuss works that they've written, produced, and/or performed over the years, but it's not in the context of promotion.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some photographs show artists/performers smoking cigarettes. Some discussions about living in areas where drug violence was/is frequent -- but these stories are offered within the context of explaining what some interviewees had to overcome.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this insightful documentary continues the exploration and celebration of the black experience in the United States begun in The Black List: Vol. 1. Like the first film, it offers positive messages about racial awareness and community but also touches on some strong issues -- including discrimination and AIDS. Some interviewees use strong language, including the "N" word and curses like "s--t" and "f--k". To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Vol. 2's impact may be somewhat lessened by its now-predictable format, but the stories it has to tell are no less significant. These narratives give viewers the chance to better understand the power that comes with being racially aware -- as well as highlight how this awareness can positively impact the way people view themselves in society.
Like its predecessor, Vol. 2 introduces viewers to some of America's preeminent African-American educators, activists, artists, and leaders. It also draws attention to the diversity of thought, experience, and point of view within the African-American community. Ultimately, the film beautifully reflects the mission of The Black List Project: to document experiences that will continue to help us redefine race and its role in American society.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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