Curator Reviews

Carrie Brownstein

Baldwin is one of my favorite writers and cultural critics. His work always feels both relevant and revelatory. This book-long essay on film and movie going is part memoir, part homage to cinema, and also an exploration of the ways corrosive ideas seep into the collective imagination.

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Yara Shahidi

Through a series of essays, Baldwin discusses the significance of actors, Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier and others, all mainstream entertainers and pivotal members of the Civil rights movement. Their on- and off-screen lives became political statements around the racial landscape of America. Baldwin recognizes the double-edged sword of media: A celebration and suppression of the Black community.

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