Film and Media
For decades in this country blacks have been misrepresented in film and media as uneducated, dangerous, and violent. Misrepresentative depictions of black people have grown to the extent that stereotypical portrayals of black people influence white people’s and the general public's perception of African Americans.
My purpose as a African American filmmaker is to create realistic counter narratives that highlight the complexities of being a Black person in American society. The Thirteenth Amendment (Amendment XIII) states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” This exception clause means that slavery is still in fact constitutional for those persons convicted of crimes in this country.