Black Memorabilia | Independent Lens

Feb 1, 2019

Mon., Feb. 4 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | From the south to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim racially-charged Black Memorabilia.

At the intersection of international commerce, racial identity, and historical narrative, Black Memorabilia explores the meaning of these objects and questions their continued production.

The film visits a Chinese factory that manufactures reproductions of racist black memorabilia and a flea market in Raleigh, North Carolina, where vendors and consumers gather to buy, sell and trade a variety of racist, confederate and KKK collectibles. From there the film travels to Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NY, where African American artist Alexandria uses racial minstrel show tropes to strip them of their power.

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