Bonus Podcast: Revisiting The Black Panthers
Comic book writer David F. Walker ("Shaft," "Luke Cage") recommends some films from Blaxploitation Cinema to the present day that help provide context and insight into current protests over police brutality and racism.
As someone who grew up in the 1960s, I have seen protests before and am hopeful that the current ones will produce genuine change. But I also feel like so much of the current conversation sounds painfully familiar, we are still talking about racial inequality, police brutality, systemic racism and more. So I thought it might be good to frame today’s protests in the context of some films that have raised these issues before in creative ways.
Film can be a great educational tool. It’s readily accessible, less intimidating than opening a book, and more fun than listening to a lecture. At its best film engages you through story and character so that it appeals to you on a very emotional or visceral level. Films may not be able to change the world but they can shine a light on problems and issues, and stir discussion that can be the first steps to change.
I am thrilled and honored to have writer, filmmaker and publisher David F. Walker drive this conversation about Black films that matter. In addition to working on Marvel's "Luke Cage" and "Power Man and Iron Fist," and Dynamite Entertainment’s "Shaft," he has written a graphic novel on Frederick Douglas and an upcoming one on The Black Panther Party. Walker and I share a love for Blaxploitation Cinema and if you want to dig back into the Cinema Junkie archives look for Episode 60.
Here is where you can find some of the films we discussed.
"Slavery and the Making of America" and "Reconstruction" documentaries