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Learning Beyond the Classics: New Jack Cinema

Learning Beyond the Classics: New Jack Cinema


Largely buoyed by the success of Spike Lee in the mid-to-late 1980s, Hollywood studios reinvested in African-American directors after a steep decline at the end of the 1970s. The result quickly brought an influx of new voices, filmmaking techniques, settings, and storylines to cineplexes and home VHS players across the nation.

In 1991, Hollywood released 16 African American-directed films, an explosion compared to the 1980s. This trend quickly chilled as the 1990s progressed, creating a film movement often referred to as New Jack Cinema. This very particular stratum of transgenre films regularly exhibits similar moral urgency and narratives that are ripe for current reflection as African-American directors, such as Ava DuVernay and Jordan Peele, are again cresting in Hollywood.

The $12 fee includes a package of one ticket to all six screenings in the series and access to the course readings, recorded lectures, and discussions. Attendance is not mandatory, but there are no refunds or exchanges for dates not attended.


  • Sep 3, 2019 7:30PM , Do the Right Thing (1989)
  • Sep 10, 2019 7:30PM , Boyz n the Hood (1991)
  • Sep 17, 2019 7:30PM , New Jack City (1991)
  • Sep 24, 2019 7:30PM , Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992)
  • Oct 1, 2019 7:30PM , Poetic Justice (1993)
  • Oct 8, 2019 7:30PM , Set It Off (1996)

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