Is that Black enough for you? Acclaimed filmmaker, film critic and historian Elvis Mitchell asks that question in his new Netflix documentary. The film is the directorial debut for Mitchell, a Highland Park, Michigan native and Wayne State University alum. It takes viewers on a whirlwind journey through the transformative years of Black cinema during the late 1960s through the 1970s, paying tribute to Black films that had a major influence on Hollywood.
Through personal monologues from Mitchell and interviews with Black luminaries such as Harry Belafonte, Lawrence Fishburne, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya and more, the documentary paints a striking picture of the golden age of Black cinema and tells the story of how it helped redefine Blackness in film.
“American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson sat down with Elvis Mitchell to talk about “Is That Black Enough For You?!?”, which is being shown at the 2023 Detroit Free Press Film Festival. Plus, Mitchell talks about his Bob Allison (Allesee) Endowed Chair in Media position at Wayne State University that begins in May 2023.
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Watch American Black Journal on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.