I Am Not your Negro

I Am Not your Negro

A Major Motion Picture Directed by Raoul Peck

Paperback - 2017 | First Vintage International edition.
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In his final years, Baldwin envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project had never been published before acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined Baldwin's oeuvre to compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro.

Peck weaves these texts together, brilliantly imagining the book that Baldwin never wrote with selected published and unpublished passages, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Peck's film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin's private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.

This edition contains more than 40 black-and-white images from the film.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2017.
Edition: First Vintage International edition.
ISBN: 9780525434696
Branch Call Number: 323.1196073
Characteristics: xxiii, 118 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Peck, Raoul


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Mar 02, 2019

keeping in mind the recent hoax perpetrated by a negro homosexual male of the creative persuasion, how far we have fallen, when compared to the author of one of the great stories o f all time, SONNY'S BLUES, who was a negro homosexual male, of the creative persuasion, of a much earlier generation. in the story, Baldwin exalts the blues performer, by focusing on one musical performance. The story's inclusion in many anthologies, over the years, has promoted the negro as a writer of literature. Well done, Mr. Baldwin!!! Boo, hiss, to the young man in Chicago, who has likely lost his gig on the popular tv series, as a result of his confabulation. At the very least, that is the penalty he will have to pay, for jerking us all around with a fantastic, as well as extremely difficult to believe, Victim-Persecution Fantasy, a hoax. Did he think the Chicago Police Department did not have enough real crime to attend to? If he did, he was very wrong about that: Chicago has been suffering a murder epidemic for years, on the South Side, mostly, and most of the participants have been Negroes. So this privileged young actor consciously decided to confabulate, to relate. I wonder what Louis Farrakhan will say about it, one of his upcoming sermons to the multitudinous 'choir'.

May 22, 2018

Watch it.

Feb 04, 2018

I think that this might be best to read before seeing the film. There are explanations of the texts, when and where they came from that are more obvious and more easily accessed than end credits in the movie. The few photos (actually many) from life and the film anchor the short text effectively.
This is a quick (an hour maybe 2 at most) and as I was alive and somewhat aware during the years spoken of a great reminder of where we were and how far we have not yet come.

LPL_ShirleyB Aug 10, 2017

Bold, wise and poignant! A must read, either before or after watching the film.

PimaLib_JessicaP Apr 21, 2017

This brief, poignant book is the closest we can get into the soul of later James Baldwin without having a complete book by Baldwin himself. Comprised not only of the script from the documentary film of the same name, but also introductions from many people involved in the creation of that film, this book acts as a wonderful primer for the film. It also gives any reader, whether they plan to view the film or not, a lot of thoughtful insight into the world in which Baldwin found himself in later years. Be sure to set aside many hours for this book—while the reading is quick, the post-read thinking will last much longer.

Apr 20, 2017

Interesting background writings for the movie.


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