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I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck | James Baldwin
To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin's published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck's film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin's private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America. This edition of the script contains twenty-seven black-and-white images from the film.
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Michellesibs
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This book is basically the notes, essays, letters etc etc that James Baldwin had planned to pull together for his book 'Remember this House' which remained unfinished at the time of his death.
See my full review gere:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2877565514?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

Graywacke Have you seem the movie? 7mo
Michellesibs @Graywacke No but this week I will watch it to put the book more into context 7mo
Graywacke @Michellesibs haven‘t read the book ... didn‘t know there was one. But I saw the movie earlier this year. Baldwin was striking in person. 7mo
Michellesibs @Graywacke And bizarrely I didn't realise there was a film until I opened the book 😂 what a pair 😂 But you have it the right way round, without seeing the film the book has little to offer unfortunately 7mo
MyNamesParadise I watched the movie as well and absolutely loved it. James Baldwin was one of a kind. 7mo
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Smarkies
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This falls under "something I was not looking for" as I basically picked this up on a whim whilst on a hunt for something to read as I had forgotten to pack a book in my handbag (even though I have loads on unread books. ??)
#nonfiction2019

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Smarkies
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This book ended up on my bookshelf owing to the fact that I was out one day, and then realised I didn't have a book in my bag with some time to kill. Stopped at a nearby bookshop and managed to find this.
Am in a bit of a reading slump recently so these short notes may be a good way of eating back into reading.

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amma-keep-reading
Pickpick

Tried something a little different by re-watching the movie, I Am Not Your Negro (text/script from James Baldwin's work & directed by Raoul Peck) or reading the book.
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The first time I watched the book, I loved it but wanted to go back and read the text. This experiment allowed me to do that. While also enjoying the imagery of the movie.
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Baldwin was an oracle. #thatsall

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booklova007
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Happy Birthday, James Baldwin!

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AnneCecilie
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Book nr 6

Saw this documentary a year ago and was completely blown away. I had no idea it was also a book. So of course I had to have it.

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Olivia306
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Incisive and ruthless, this book perfectly illustrates Mr. Baldwin's incredible voice. Though to me it feels more like an addendum to the documentary with the same name, the terrible realities still unravel through Mr. Baldwin's clear prose, his thoughts impeccable in their actuality. Had he finished the manuscript to "Remember This House", I think the literary world would've gained a masterpiece.

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dauphine
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Working on my knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement

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My haul from the second Liverpool Anarchist Bookfair 📚😊📚

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Carolyn11215
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I am saying that a journey is called that because you cannot know what you will discover on the journey, what you will do with what you find, or what you find will do to you.

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Leftcoastzen
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So this is on PBS. I missed the first 15 minutes. So powerful.

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moarbookspleaze
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Sadly I think there are people who feel@this way today. How little progress we‘ve made. 💔

TrishB 😔 2y
Kaye I‘d like to look at the bright side. I believe we HAVE come a distance in my (almost) 60 years here. We‘ve still got work to do, which falls with each one of us. As long as we have the leader we do, very little will be accomplished in high places, so it‘s up to us to do what we can to make a difference. No matter how small, anything helps. 2y
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MariettaSG
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Because you don't want to.

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RevGab
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A wonderful read, but saddening at the same time. It is overwhelming that no matter how things may change, they always stay the same. A read that is as necessary today as when the essays were originally written. Looking forward to watching the documentary tonight.

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RevGab
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Current read. So important in our current world and culture.

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DrBird
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One of the times you can say that the movie was better. Mainly because the documentary gets to use actual footage of Baldwin who is AMAZING to listen to. I would actually subscribe to his podcast if he had one. And were still alive.

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azulaco
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I was disappointed in this book at first, because it starts with background on how the film was made, and I wasn't that interested in that. But then it gets to the material written by James Baldwin. Amazing, incisive - there are not enough positive words for Baldwin's comments on race in America. I cannot WAIT until I can stream this documentary somewhere. I'm also ready to do a deep dive into Baldwin's writing. Short but excellent read.

WordWaller I haven't seen it yet and I can't wait! 3y
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azulaco

The story of the Negro in America
is the story of America.
It is not a pretty story.

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azulaco
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A bunch of library holds came in on Overdrive! I'm going to have to adjust my May reading plans to get all these finished on time.

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Jessisreading
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I started reading this around 11 last night and finished some time after midnight. I loved the insight into the film's creation, and while I haven't yet seen it, think I will get more out of the film having read the script and text. I'll probably pick this one up again.

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intothehallofbooks
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I saw this last night at the local theatre and whoa, Litsy! I recommend it 1000% as soon as you gals and guys can see it. Very powerful, very very good. I learned things.

I. Am. Still. Learning. Things. 🙋🏻

And I want to read more by James Baldwin.

Bette Oh good! Our copy just came into the library. I read the bit about leaving at different times from his girlfriend, I can't wait to read more. 👍💚 3y
MyNamesParadise Read Giovanni's Room! 3y
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SuperPunkNinja
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This was in my paper this morning, for the love of an editor. Sigh. 🙄

Suzze Oh, jeez. 3y
Texreader 😡 3y
rachellayown 🙄 3y
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Nute
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Oh my goodness, does this make you hot for James Baldwin. If you haven't read him, you'll want to read him. If you have read him, you'll want to re-read him. His words (his message) remains profound and timely.

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I Am Not Your Negro is a newly released documentary apparently viewable in select venues. I am patiently waiting. In the meantime, I read the book which is a how-and-why-I-did-it statement by Raoul Peck with several snippets of words from television appearances made by James Baldwin and essays written by him.

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Natasha.C.Barnes
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I just got back from seeing this film, based in part on the notes for a book Baldwin intended to write, and including much archival footage of him speaking. It was stunning and moving and powerful and many other wonderful things--go see it if at all possible. I'm going to go read Giovanni's Room ASAP.

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Arbol
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This was so, so good. Seriously, if you can see it - do.

Natasha.C.Barnes I just did tonight at this very theater! Loved it. 3y
BookswithB Been wanting to see it!!!! 3y
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BooksForEmpathy
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GO SEE THIS FILM. Stunning. His writing is as timely now as it was then.

Here are some quotes. Trigger warning.

"But the future of the Negro in this country is precisely as bright or as dark as the future of the country."

"What white people have to do, is try and find out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a n***** in the first place, because I'm not a n*****, I'm a man, but if you think I'm a n*****, it means you need it."

Theresa I'm going to see it this afternoon. It looks so good! 3y
Hobbinol Hope to see it this week! 3y
mauveandrosysky I cannot wait to see this. 3y
Quellelove Reviewed this one for my blog and I loved it. I had just read The Devil Finds Work and several passages from that were used in the doc. Powerful, timely. 3y
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