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Jester Hairston's compositions would become a commemoration of the Spirituals: "spiritual songs" that were sung by slaves, offering them hope, faith, and inspiration that one day they would be free: even as they toiled long days and nights on the dusty plantation fields of the South. These same Spirituals later gave birth to various genres of modern day music, including call and response hymns, blues, and jazz.

Imagining Mina is a feature-length documentary film about the life and legacy of the legendary Afro-Peruvian boxer Mauro Mina-Baylón. Using rare archival material and newly recorded footage, the film follows Mina's life journey, beginning in the 1930s, from Peru's former slave plantations to Lima, Uruguay, Brazil and ultimately New York City. On his arrival in New York he was already considered one of the best light heavyweight boxers in the world. While Mina continually dealt with class bias and racism throughout his life, his achievements also made him a unifying symbol of hope for many Peruvians in a fragmented society.

In 1973, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. set out on an unprecedented mission to make a Hollywood style motion picture. "Countdown at Kusini," was released in April 1976 at the end of the Blaxploitation Era - a time when Black action films often criticized for negative depictions of Black women were extremely popular.

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE film explores the story of the miscarriage of justice that engulfed Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, the black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of the horrific 1989 crime. The brutal beating and rape of a white woman in New York City's Central Park provoked public outrage and sensational headlines during the prosecution and conviction of the five defendants. Less known is the story of the eventual exoneration of the men, who served full prison sentences.