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supPORTalorus: Documentaries For Us By Us

  • Dreams Art Center 901 Fanning Street Wilmington, NC, 28401 United States (map)



For Immediate Release:


Support The Port Foundation, Working Films & Cucalorus Presents:

supPORTalorus: Documentaries For Us By Us


On November 9th at Dreams Art Center, Support The Port Foundation Inc., Working Films, and Cucalorus have joined forces to bring the community of Wilmington a entertaining and also educating experience with supPORTalorus.  supPORTalorus will provide the community of Wilmington free screenings of some of the Works in Progress Documentaries that are part of this year's Cucalorus film festival. These are all documentaries by Black filmmakers and they touch on a range of social justice issues, first documentary is titled Afro-Phobia: The roots of Hair Politics in Television by Tania Hajal, and the 2nd documentary is titled Baartman, Beyoncé & Me by Natalie Bullock Brown. At supPORTalorus guest will be able to enjoy early footage from these films, which are still in production, have a chance to meet the directors, and provide input that will help to shape the final product.  Following the screening of the documentaries there will be Q&As with the directors and a panel discussion with influential female leaders in the Wilmington community, about being a black women in today’s society. Attendees will be able to win giveaways including tickets to Cucalorus festival screenings, Support The Port T-shirts, and other items.


About Afro-Phobia: The roots of Hair Politics in Television by Tania Hajal:

Phobias stem from the fear of the unknown. Stereotypes of textured hair perpetuate phobias in the media. Ultimately, these phobias generate labels in and out of the black community. Roots of hair favoritism stem from Eurocentric ideals of beauty. Eurocentric ideals hold weight in the media. In professional news, textured hair is frowned upon. Imperialism began phobias of textured hair in white space aesthetically. Ingrained in human nature lays cultural identity. Self-perception related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, and social class, remain the essence of human beings and how communities operate. The underlining fear some black women adopt today influence phobias of being labelled Afrocentric, or overly political. Afro-Phobia exists, despite the natural hair movement from what textured hair may symbolize culturally and politically. Technical advancement and globalization mean nothing unless we change the medias portrayal of textured hair. Perpetuating the spectacle of the raced body will only allow history to repeat itself.


About Baartman, Beyoncé & Me by Natalie Bullock Brown:

Baartman, Beyoncé & Me will be a feature-length documentary film that examines the historical context, and social and psychological impact of Western beauty ideals on black females. Through the stories of various black women, including the filmmaker, Baartman, Beyoncé, & Me will seek to challenge and complicate our most fundamental notions of what it means to be beautiful, examine how who is beautiful and who is not is often an imposed designation, and reclaim the power to self define. A portion of the film's journey will include exploration into how the megastar, Beyoncé both subverts and engages with American and global beauty ideals, and performs within the legacy of Sarah Baartman.



Who: Support The Port, Working Films, & Cucalorus

What: supPORTalorus - Films For Us By Us

When: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Where: Dreams Art Center

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

  • 7:00pm Doors Open

  • 7:30pm Afro-Phobia: The roots of Hair Politics in Televisio will Start

  • 7:45pm Baartman, Beyoncé & Me will Start

  • Immediately Following Documentary Screenings will be a Presidential Style Panel Discussion

Moderator - Elizabeth Montgomery, Reporter/Journalist at Star News

Panelist - 

  • Suprena Hickman, Owner at Sweet Escapes by Suprena, Co-Founder at Grits - Girls Rocking in the South, Nurse Entrepreneur | Consultant | Certified Integrative Health Coach at Escape2Sisterhood

  • Qailinn Clarissa, Natural Hair Enthusiast, & AmeriCorps Community Outreach Coordinator for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity

  • Katrina Harrell,  Social Impact Entrepreneur & Business Strategist | Best-selling Author

  • Crystal Cunningham, CEO/Founder at Crystal Cunningham Communications

  • Allyah Tate - Natural Hair Model

  • Shante Melvin - Freelance Model


Join The Conversation

Twitter: SupportTheePort

IG : @SupportThePort

Hashtag: #supPORTalorus


Earlier Event: November 1
Holiday Hope Dealer Can Food/Toy Drive
Later Event: November 18
U.N.I.T.Y. in The Port