As the movie industry continues to grapple with the fallout from the shooting at the Louisiana movie theater last weekend, one film that has gone largely un-discussed is Black History Month, a film by acclaimed filmmaker James Baldwin, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
The film, which Baldwin wrote and directed with Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, was nominated for Best Picture and won Best Picture.
Baldwin, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, to white parents and is a black man, grew up in the South Bronx in the 1960s and ’70s.
He made a name for himself in the 1970s for his work in the short-lived Black Panther Party.
His films were widely seen as racially charged.
Baldwin was also a director of films about the Harlem Renaissance, a movement in the late 19th century to revitalize Harlem and the African-American community in the United States, and for his documentary The Black Panther.
The Black History month film was set in 1940s Harlem, and the Black Panthers were prominent figures at the time.
In the film, Baldwin and Jackson are at the forefront of a movement that aims to transform the city of New York City into a racially integrated, culturally sensitive and culturally diverse city.
The movie won Baldwin his first Academy Award, and in 2016 he won Best Director for his version of the story of the Harlem Panthers, The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
But, in the years since Baldwin’s death, the black community has largely ignored the film and its message.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement in February that said Baldwin’s films were not “black or black history” but were a “classic story of resistance against white supremacy.”
“The film The BattleHymn is an outstanding story of a group of Black men who fought to liberate Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, but are still fighting today,” the statement read.
“The BattleHypn was produced by the New York Historical Society and directed by Samuel L Jackson, who won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1962 for the film The Birth of a Nation.”
While Baldwin was a leading voice for civil rights and his films had a powerful impact on American politics, many in the black world have long viewed Baldwin as a white man who used his power as a filmmaker to promote the idea of race.
The filmmaker also received praise for his portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan in his classic film, Bringing Up Baby, in which he was also black.
The filmmakers’ black film, Black History, has been a popular topic of discussion in the Black community for years.
In an article on CNN.com last year, one critic said, “The Black History is a classic film that resonates and is powerful.
There are many aspects of the film that are relevant to Black history, and it is an interesting and important piece of Black history.”
Others have questioned whether Black History movies are good films or whether they are just a marketing ploy to make a profit.
In 2016, the director of Black History: The First Fifty Years, David Thomas, said that the black history films are a “bait and switch” for white audiences.
“If you’re going to talk about the black experience, there are all these other stories that are happening, but if you are going to focus on one of them, you’re making the black man feel like the outsider,” he said.
The issue of whether Black history films should be avoided is not new.
Last year, the NAACP issued a statement that said, Black history has been used to “promote the idea that there is an inferiority complex in Black people that is perpetuated by the media.”
In 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said that movies like Black History are “a powerful tool to spread a false message that racial and cultural superiority exist and that the dominant culture has a right to tell us what we can and cannot do in our lives.”
“While many of these films are popular, they are not the only sources of misinformation about the Black experience,” the report added.
The American Civil Liberties Union, a civil rights advocacy group, said the issue is a national one.
“We’re at a crossroads,” said Amara Chaudry, the group’s senior staff attorney.
“Is it worth the time, effort, and money it takes to get the message across?
Or is it the only way to push back against a racist society that is destroying black lives?”
She said the ACLU is working to educate the public about the issue.
“There are so many great black filmmakers working today,” she said.
“These movies, these stories, are being told and we want to be part of the conversation about the legacy of these great filmmakers.”