Black Film: A Quiz Deck on African American Movies, Actors, and Directors
By John Kisch, Separate Cinema®
In 2002, for the first time, the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress both went to African American stars—a moment that had been in the making since 1919, when the first full-length feature film produced and directed by a black American lit up the big screen. This 48-card quiz deck spotlights the extraordinary contributions to cinematic history made by African Americans—from Oscar Micheaux to Spike Lee, from Hattie McDaniel to Halle Berry. What was the first Hollywood movie with an all-black cast? Which famous black actor played in the Super Bowl? And who were those two contemporary stars making Hollywood history in 2002? Black Film entertains you with the answers to those questions and dozens more.
Sample Card Text
Literary works by African American authors have been adapted to the screen ever since the early days of cinema. Match each film listed below with the author of the original book.
Answer Pioneering black author/filmmaker Oscar Micheaux determined to present "the race . . . in the light and background of [its] true state" and "raise [black] people to greater heights." Some of cinema's most interesting and sympathetic representations of African American life have derived from literature by great black authors, including those listed above and many others—Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Lorraine Hansberry, Ernest Gaines, Gordon Parks Sr., and Gloria Naylor, to name but a few. The whole of American cinema is much richer for the efforts of black film-makers and writers, from Micheaux to Morrison. a-3, b-5, c-4, d-6, e-1, f-2
|a. The Color Purple||1. Alex Haley|
|b. Native Son||2. Toni Morrison|
|c. Cotton Comes to Harlem||3. Alice Walker|
|d. Waiting to Exhale||4. Chester Himes|
|e. Malcolm X||5. Richard Wright|
|f. Beloved||6. Terry McMillan|