No Way Out (1950) Sidney Poitier In Spinal Tap Of Prejudice

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With enough N-Bombs to make Quentin Tarantino blush, No Way Out is one helluva tough watch that’s for sure. However it processes an important social message about racial prejudices and bigoted hatred.  This is the story of a young black man and his encounter with narrow-minded, blind, racial intolerance. Continue reading

The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973) Ivan Dixon, Sam Greenlee & Herbie Hancock

The Spook Who Sat By The Door (1973) director Ivan Dixon posterThe Spook Who Sat by the Door is a novel by writer, poet Sam Greenlee which was published in 1969 causing quite the stir with it’s controversial political message. A satire on revolutionary reaction to civil rights in America during the sixties. A race motivated story with a direct response against the white oppression lived by African Americans in the United States. To shake things up, giving power to the people through the means of freedom fighters to push their important message across.

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Sapphire (1959) Racial Tension & Jazz On The Streets Of London

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British director Basil Dearden steps forth with another progressive movie centered around London and prejudices. This time it’s deep racial tensions rife through-out the city. It starts with the gruesome find of a young girls body on Hampstead Heath. In comes Superintendent Robert Hazard (Nigel Patrick) and his right hand man Inspector Phil Learoyd (Michael Craig) hot on the case. Following their early investigations they discover that the murder victim was a young feisty girl called Sapphire Robbins (Yvonne Buckingham). This leads them to her college boyfriend David Harris (Paul Massie) and he quickly becomes prime suspect in the case.

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