Author Spotlight

Michael B. Gillespie

Michael B. Gillespie is author of Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film and coeditor of Black One Shot, an art criticism series on ASAP/J. He is an associate professor of film at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song: “I’m Gonna Say a Black Ave Maria For You”

Eschewing the accommodationist tendencies of social-problem films of the sixties, Melvin Van Peebles’s second feature launched blaxploitation film but also stands as a challenge to the blanket presumptions about the genre that exist today.

By Michael B. Gillespie

Deep Cover: Who’ll Pay Reparations on My Soul?

Set against the backdrop of the war on drugs, Bill Duke’s boldly stylized thriller stages a meeting between the idea of noir and the idea of Black film.

By Michael B. Gillespie