October 20

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From Josephine Baker to Idris Elba, images of black stars have contributed mightily to American society’s sexual imagination. But as often as these sex symbols serve as rallying points of pride, they can also reinforce harmful sexual stereotypes. What role do filmmakers play in sustaining or dismantling sexually regressive images? In this panel we’ll hear from three filmmakers whose work is seeking deeper depictions of melanin sexuality.

K Austin Collins (moderator) is a film critic for Vanity Fair, and was lead film critic at The Ringer from 2016-2018
Gene Graham is an editor and documentarian. His latest film is This One’s for the Ladies
Tchaiko Omawale’s first feature film, Solace, was supported by Tribeca All Access and IFP
Lynn Whitfield has over 100 acting credits in film and television, including Eve’s Bayouand, currently, OWN’s Greenleaf