Friday, May 04, 2007


We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies

Poet and cultural critic Esther Iverem has been a mainstay of DC Poets Against the War from the very first day. Come celebrate the publication of a collection of her kick-ass film reviews, We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies next Saturday at Busboys & Poets (details below). And if you can't make it then, scroll down for other area dates or check for more information. Congratulations, Esther!

**We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies, 1986-2006 By Esther Iverem

The year 2006 marked the twentieth anniversary of the "New Wave" in Black film, that upstart artistic movement beginning with Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, which transformed Black images on the big and small screen, bringing a new generation's sensibility to national and global discourse about race, class, gender and culture. The book features more than 400 film reviews of productions during this period from a Black perspective, along with essays and interviews.

Esther Iverem, a former staff writer for The Washington Post, New York Newsday and the New York Times, is editor of and a contributing film critic for and She is a recipient of a National Arts Journalism Fellowship and a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. She is also the author of two books of poems, Living in Babylon and The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home.

"Esther Iverem, a veteran of the media wars, brings a voice that is deft, insightful and good-humored to the subject of African American culture. In this groundbreaking collection, spanning 20 years of Black film, she proves that we have our own way of seeing and appreciating the movies."--Tavis Smiley
May 12—Washington, DC
4-6 PM
Busboys and Poets, the Langston Room2021 14th St., NWWashington, DC 20009202-387-7638

(Tentative) May 17--Washington, DC
7 PM
TransAfrica Forum Writer’s CornerTransAfrica—Arthur Ashe Library1629 K Street, NW, Suite 1100Washington, DC 20006202.223.1960

June 20—Largo, MD
Prince George’s County Memorial LibraryLargo-Kettering Branch9601 Capital LaneLargo, MD 20774Tel: (301)336-4044TTY: (301) 808-2061

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