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1 comments | Friday, October 27, 2006

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association has just announced that they will be inducting late filmaker Marlon Riggs into the organization's hall of fame.

Riggs first gained notoriety with his controversial 1991 film "Tongues Untied", where he explored the lives of black gay men in a way that had never been captured before on screen. An uproar from social conservatives erupted when the film received funding from The National Endowment for the Arts and was shown on PBS.

He responded to the controversy in 1992 when he released this statement to the Washington Post, "People are far more sophisticated in their homophobia and racism now...they say 'We object to the language, we have to protect the community'...those statements are a ruse.".

Marlon won countless awards from film festivals all over the world including an Emmy award here at home.

He succumbed to AIDS in 1994.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Wow u brought me back with this one. I remember seeking his documentary "Black Is, Black Ain't" in junior high. I didn't know who he was then, but his commentary has always resonated with me. Good post!

October 27, 2006 2:26 AM


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