Made possible by a Friends of the Oakland Public Library mini-grant, Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL. In this miniseries, Dorothy Lazard (Oakland History Center) brings her Fall History lecture series to you.
Episode 2: Cheryl Fabio and the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame
Dorothy interviews Oakland filmmaker Cheryl Fabio, whose works include Evolutionary Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy. They reminisce about the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, an Oakland organization that supported Black film and arts from 1974 into the late nineties.
Mentioned in Episode 2
- Check out the Evolutionary Blues documentary on OverDrive!
- Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice
Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Collection, Oakland History Center
- Mary Perry Smith Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Archives, Indiana University
- “The Black Arts Movement in Oakland and Berkeley” - blog post by Dorothy Lazard
Dorothy's Recommended Reads:
- A Piece of the Action: race and labor in post-civil rights Hollywood/ by Eithne Quinn
- The Hollywood Jim Crow: the racial politics of the movie industry/ by Maryann Erigha
- Why We Make Movies: Black filmmakers talk about the magic of cinema/ by George Alexander
Black Arts and Film in Oakland
Featured in this Episode:
Dorothy Lazard, Oakland History Center Librarian
Cheryl Fabio, Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice
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