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The Black List: Intimate Portraits of Black America (Volume One)

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As a new chapter begins in this country, The Black List offers a dynamic and never-before-heard perspective from achievers of color. This series of inspired - and inspiring - observations on African-American life in the 21st century forms a roll call of some of the most compelling politicians, writers, thinkers and performers ever to tackle their fields of endeavor. Watch the interview-portraits and get a sharper snapshot of where this country has been and where it's headed. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Stars include Collin Powell, Toni Morrison, Sean 'P Diddy' Combs, Slash, Chris Rock, Susan Rice, Lou Gossett Jr., Russell Simmons and many more.

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  • Actors: Colin Powell, Toni Morrison, Chris Rock, Sean 'P-Diddy' Combs, Slash
  • Directors: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Elvis Mitchell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Indican Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P4QPKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lovida H. Coleman, Jr. on August 20, 2009
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Let me emphasize first that this DVD has universal appeal. The Black List is a video compilation of 25 stunning interviews of American persons of color who are exceptional individuals from a variety of life undertakings. I saw the exhibit of their vivid, bigger than life still photo portraits at the Brooklyn Museum, and then sat down there to watch this video. All of the biographical interviews are interesting and effectively edited, most are captivating, and at least four are spectacular: Bill Jones, the dancer and choreographer, Chris Rock, the comedian, Serena Williams, the tennis player, and Vernon Jordan, who is the perfect man of the day for almost anything. Each interview gives you a sense of their groundings in family, the molding of their ambitions, their achievements, and their values. The derth of supporting material with the DVD makes you thirst for more information. An inspiring DVD for any young person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin A. Mason on April 28, 2012
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I've been wanting to see this documentary since 2010 but wasn't able to see it on TV due to me being overseas. I was able to see it on Amazon and immediately ordered it. I'm very glad I made the purchase something I will show my kids to be inspired so they can see the progress of African Americans through the years.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Milligan on September 23, 2009
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[...]

Maynard - Through snow flurries last Wednesday, Hollywood-like beams guided late-arrivals Maura Flynn and me to the renovated Strand Theater in Dorchester for the East Coast Premiere of "Black List Volume Two."

To me, this film revolutionizes the documentary in form as well as content. I am intrigued with (and relieved by) the elegant simplicity of both, a powerful simplicity that precludes making points by hitting the audience over the head.

On Feb. 26th, "The Black List Volume Two," will debut nationally on HBO. "The Black List Volume One," a 2008 Sundance Film festival selection, debuted on HBO last August. Both are the collaboration of world-renowned portrait-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and renowned writer, journalist and interviewer, Elvis Mitchell.

Together, the conversations of the film's guests as well as the razor-sharp craftsmanship and artistry of the film articulate the speed of social progress in just one generation. Think about it -- more than 50 percent of what comprises the U.S. population today could not vote until the last century.

In their own words, all the guests told stories, stories about their choices and beliefs, stories that most of us have not yet heard. A strong current common to all their stories is the current of contribution to an idea greater than the individual.

Some of the guests in "BlackList Volume Two" are: Kaya Walker, Maya Rudolph, Gov. Deval Patrick, Dr. Valerie Montgomery-Rice, Angela Davis, Lawrence Fishburne, Patrick Robinson, Bishop Barbara Harris, and Charlie Pride. Guests in "Volume One" include: Chris Rock, Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, Susan Rice, Serena Williams, Faye Wattleton, and Sean Combs.
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A very powerful documentary of the most dedicated and influential African-Americans. This unique 90 minute film chronicles the ongoing disease of racism, the strength and courage of Black History, Blacks overcome their adversities to become successful and the appreciation of their culture, the hopes and dreams of their ancestors, along with the determination of remaining strong. Slash (musician) highlights his views as a bi-racial being from childhood to adulthood; Toni Morrison (author) gives her views about the spirit and struggles of Blacks in worldwide; Chris Rock (comedian/actor) expresses his views of how comedy made him a better man and a true thinker; Colin Powell (Ret. General and author) gives his views about serving the military and being in the White House; and, Sean "Diddy" Combs (fashion and music mogul) talks about his dream coming true of becoming a powerhouse in the hip-hop industry. Make this DVD part of your library today.
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By Leidy_V on December 18, 2013
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As a young person of color, I found the The Black List (volume 1) to be inspiring and beautifully done. Elvis Mitchell gathers together people of color who have encountered success across industries from athlete's, politicians, writers, artists, activists and comedians. Each vignette shares a common thread that though they are extremely blessed to reach success by following there dreams, we are reminded that never once did they forget their cultural identity and nor did society allow them to forget either. I particularly liked how many of the featured persons shared a moving experience that occurred when they were children or during the formative years of their careers. It shows a side of the black experience that we rarely get to see. I'd recommend both volumes 1 and 2 for everyone, especially black youth to see, appreciate, and learn from.
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While I admire the efforts of some to show our hip-hop artists (and all their Bling-Bling), it's nice to see something so well done and put together feature an attractive and articulate group of African-Americans who speak openly and candidly about their many successes and few failures. It's an inspiration for us all to never stop reaching for success in life...
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