Black Directors in Hollywood

“Hollywood film directors are some of the world’s most powerful storytellers, shaping the fantasies and aspirations of people around the globe. Since the 1960’s, African Americans have increasingly joined their ranks, bringing fresh insights to movie characterizations, plots, and themes and depicting areas of African American culture that were previously absent from mainstream films. Today, black directors are making films in all popular genres, while inventing new ones to speak directly from and to the black experience.”

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“Mr. Donalson’s book is a well-thought-out, well-written overview of the contributions and thinking of major black directors. It shows the talent, diversity, and insight of some of America’s most talented filmmakers and salutes their unrecognized efforts.”
———Bill Duke, director of The Cemetery Club, Sister Act 2, and Hoodlum