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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fight the Power: Black Superheroes Trading Cards


This February, we celebrate the under-appreciated black screen heroes and heroines who challenged the establishment power structures through their sheer existence. From blaxploitation icons to supernatural avengers to anti-colonial outlaws, Fight the Power: Black Superheroes on Film spotlights industry-defying images of black heroism and empowerment in films that are as socially and politically subversive as they are downright fun.

To kick off the series, we collaborated with illustrator Nathan Gelgud to create ten digital trading cards for some of the films' superheroes. Catch them in action Feb 2—18 at BAM.


Melvin Van Peebles plays Sweetback, a strapping sex-
show performer who stands up to police brutality, in
Screens Friday, Feb 2 at 7pm



Six-foot-two model Tamara Dobson is an
uzi-wielding Special Agent to the
President in Cleopatra Jones
Screens Sat, Feb 3 at 4:30 and 9:30pm





Lawrence Cook plays Dan Freeman, a
disillusioned black CIA agent who goes rogue,
Screens Mon, Feb 5 at 4:30 and 9:30pm



Tony Todd as the memorable—and terrifying—
antihero  in Candyman, a film rich in
compelling racial and social commentary.
Screens Wed, Feb 7 at 7pm



Wesley Snipes is the eponymous leather-clad,
quasi-vampiric martial arts maven
Double feature on Fri, Feb 9 at 7pm




Legendary roots musician Jimmy Cliff plays Ivan
Martin, an aspiring singer who becomes a
crusading, anti-establishment outlaw
in The Harder They Come.
Screens Mon, Feb 12 at 9:30pm




Pop sensation Aaliyah is the all-powerful
Queen Akasha in the deliciously dark,
glitzy-goth Queen of the Damned.
Screens Tue, Feb 13 at 9:30pm




Issiaka Kane plays Nianankoro, a young man with
supernatural powers, in Malian auteur Souleymane
Cissé's transfixing masterpiece Yeelen.
Screens Sat, Feb 17 at 4:30pm



Halle Berry is the whip-cracking super-feline in
Catwoman, the rare $100 million studio spectacle
built around a tale of black female empowerment.
Screens Sat, Feb 17 at 9:30pm



Chadwick Boseman is T'Challa, aka Black Panther, in
Marvel Studios' latest, coming to the Steinberg Screen
at the BAM Harvey Theater.
Opens Thu, Feb 15


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