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NYC Screening of “Coming Home”, a documentary on New Orleans Pub

Dear Friends,
As many of you know, for the past 3 years I’ve been working with New Orleans public housing residents in their fight to return home after Hurricane Katrina. The many obstacles that block their return – including the demolition of the city’s public housing developments – are cast in racial and economic tones, ensuring [...]

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project

I’ve blogged about Sakia Gunn several times, so I was very interested to see this trailer today. You know, I’m sorry this film even exists but I’m glad someone made it. It’s screening as part of the upcoming New York African Diaspora Film Festival.

Check out
h/t Shadow and Act

Updated: Sorry, Thanks

(I was forwarded the info for this film by Reggie, whose friend stars in the film. It looks interesting.)

SORRY, THANKS will have its New York premiere at BAM in June, as part of the new BAMcinemaFEST line-up. Tickets have just gone on sale through the BAM website!
We hope to see you all there, and please [...]

Good Hair?

(I’ve seen this in a couple places now & it looks interesting. Thanks, Stephanie!)
Good Hair
US Documentary Feature Films
U.S.A.,  2009, 95 mins., color
When Chris Rock’s daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of [...]

NY premiere of Beautiful Me(s)

Beautiful Me(s): Finding our Revolutionary Selves in Black Cuba will have its New York City premiere December 1st 6-8pm at The New School 66 West 12th Street Room 407 Alvin Johnson/JM Kaplan Hall.
This documentary film is the intimate travel diary of an underdog group of African American Studies graduate students at Yale who journey to [...]

  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 11, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

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