“Daughters of The Dust has become a hit by appealing to the
frustrations of women who feel left out of the African-American art competition. This serious, hard working group is concentrated in New York in enough numbers to make Julie Dash’s feature-length debut a bigger local hit then it is ever likely to be anywhere else in the country. Once again, New York has a disproportionate influence on the national cultural temper. This is good to the extent that it might shed light on the efforts of other African-American woment who are putting up a mighty struggle to express themselves in film or video. Yet, this too…”
“Two day before John Singleton became the first Black person nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director, I pointed out to a friend the minimal display of craft in John Singleton’s Remember The Time music video for Michael Jackson. Instead of showing the stages of the stickman’s trick, John Singleton cut to a slave girl watching the stick’s ascension. That cut amounts to basic cinematic skill; it extends the meaning of an action by implying its continuance and adds a point of view to the audience’s own.
John Singleton’s work in Boyz N The Hood is, at best, similarly skilled and functional and –at times–expressive. Still, the Oscar nomination for Boyz N The Hood seems to…”
“Chameleon Street should have enjoyed the celebration that attended Boyz N The Hood and Daughters Of The Dust, but it was scuttled by the lack of mainstream pressure (i. e., hype). But the film has true merit: Wendell B. Harris’s weird, daring, provocative investigation of the modern American psyche make Daughters of The Dust and Boyz N The Hood look like trivial gestures of children. Chameleon Street makes adult demands on viewers by…”
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