Screening of Foxy Brown (Jack Hill, 1974, 94 min) and Four Women (Julie Dash, 1978, 7 min), followed by conversation with Tempestt Hazel and Coquie Hughes, moderated by Jacqueline Stewart.
Julie Dash’s iconic dance film (based on the song by Nina Simone), followed by the classic Pam Grier Blaxplo film, turn the spotlight on Black women’s dual experiences of oppression and empowerment as represented in 70s era film. “Maybe you can feel some of what I feel.” - Foxy
LOCATION: Harper Theater, 5238 S Harper Ave., Chicago
Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, artist advocate, and founding editor of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based online arts publication, archiving initiative, and cultural platform. She has worked in arts administration, curating, and multidisciplinary programming at Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago Park District, and Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago. Her exhibitions and research have been produced with the University of North Texas, South Side Community Art Center, Terrain Exhibitions, Contemporary Arts Council, Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and University of Chicago, with upcoming projects at the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Smart Museum of Art. Hazel’s writing has been published in the books Support Networks: Chicago Social Practice History Series (UChicago Press), Institutions and Imaginaries: Chicago Social Practice History Series (UChicago Press), Contact Sheet: Light Work Annual, Unfurling: Explorations In Art, Activism and Archiving, The Shape of Spilled Milk (Candor Arts), In the Company of Black (Candor Arts), and for Artslant, Hyde Park Art Center, the Broad Museum and Duke University.
Coquie Hughes is a Chicago independent filmmaker and producer whose work is known for featuring urban queer women of color. Since 2003, she has earned over 8 million channel views and over 57,000 subscribers on Youtube and her own film site, hercrushtv.com. Hughes is also a playwright and stage director, and founder of imadigitechkid.com, a media & technology arts education program geared towards young children. She is currently working on content development featuring women of color in the 55+ demographic with the production of GRANNY BALLERS, an episodic series.
This event is part 2 of Ripples and Waves, 4-part a series of programs observing the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective Statement, the radical articulation of the tenets and goals of a truly revolutionary Black feminist theory and praxis. Presented in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and the fall Reproduction of Race & Racial Ideologies Workshop series, “From Combahee to #BlackLivesMatter: Exploring a History of Black Politics and Culture,” with support from the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at UChicago.