Cinema's Lessons on Race: Beyond Black or White

January 30, 2015 4:17 PM

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Image Credit: Relativity Media I've been waiting a lifetime for a film like Black or White. Growing up biracial in the mid-70s and late 80's, I wondered when I would get to see myself up there on the big screen too. Where were the blended interracial families like mine? When I left the front door of my home in Los Angeles, there were other kids like me at school and at our local church so I knew I wasn't alone. Later told I would experience the best of both worlds, under the same breath I was told that I'd be torn between them. As a young child, it didn't make sense. Why would I have to choose between black and white?

Now in 2015, Kevin Costner's new film Black or White illustrates that America's portrait of race and identity has evolved. Set in Los Angeles, the movie offers a look into the life of an interracial family and the custody battle over a biracial child (a demographic rarely center-stage in mainstream ...

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