The magnetism of Sidney Poitier is on full display in this touching drama from the 60s that blends race, social and gender politics of the day into a taught story full of characters and energy. That's what Vince says, anyway.
Award winning photographer Gordon Parks uses his childhood as inspiration for the mannered coming of age tale THE LEARNING TREE, which struggles with tone while staying on message throughout its running time.
Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln lead a mesmerizing cast in a very gripping portrait of racial oppression and black masculinity in 1964's Deep South. A slept-on treasure appreciated by 21st century cinephiles and the Men of Micheaux.
Vince selects a romantic drama set in 1961 Paris, France starring Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll alongside Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and defends it as a quintessential Black film. Guess who disagrees?
The episode has listener email, Twitter commentary, several huge announcements, impromptu guest appearances from Tribbles with Red Capes and a critical look at a quirky piece of cinema from Ossie Davis - PURLIE VICTORIOUS.
The streets of Cleveland in the wake of Martin Luther King's death are teeming with threats of militant violence and one man's disillusionment and paranoia uncorks the tension in harsh tones. An unforgiving naked look at a urgent time in history through the story of a black man losing his soul, starring Julian Mayfield, Ruby Dee, Max Julien, Raymond St. Jacque and directed by Jules Dissian. An criminally unrecognized crime classic.
From 1966 comes the story of black man portrayed by a white man playing a black man who pretends to be a white man so he can infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan to avenge the death of his daughter. If you don't believe us, it's all there in the movie's theme song. This scathing drama from the minds of director Ted V. Mikels and producer Joe Solomon (The Corpse Grinders) has to be seen to be believed.
Robert Downey Sr's avant-garde satire on advertisement and the African American in the 1960s has bite, surrealism and humor, if you listen to comedians Louie C.K., Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. The men on the Mission have a slightly different read on the black & white cult classic.
Micheaux Mission theme - NOLA by Bill Lee/R. Dyson