RogerEbert.com, the world’s preeminent destination for movie criticism, commentary and community, amplifies the voices of Black storytellers in its first Black Writers Week, June 14–20. The event includes reviews of 14 films by a diverse slate of film critics, profiles on five inspiring leaders in an array of professions and three virtual panel discussions focusing on cinematic and theatrical excellence. Articles, interviews and profiles penned by a coterie of Black writers and editors will be published daily and accessible free to all at RogerEbert.com.
“Black representation in storytelling matters. And it gives me great pleasure during this Juneteenth week to amplify the many rich voices in the fields of entertainment, philanthropy, science, technology and other spheres who enhance our daily lives,” said Chaz Ebert, publisher and editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com. I am especially looking forward to the Afro-Futurism panel on Juneteenth, June 19, where our distinguished panel will creatively imagine worlds far better than we have seen. But I am so proud to highlight the many voices of Black storytellers who deserve to be honored far more than they have been.”
There will be an interview with Mary J. Blige about her documentary “My Life,” by director Vanessa Roth, and Janicza Bravo will discuss her new film “Zola.” Media mogul Troy Pryor will chat about his path to one day becoming the “Black Disney.” Director Mark Harris will highlight his film “White People Money,” and director Melissa Haizlip will discuss her awards-nominated film “Mr. Soul.” Director Lateef Calloway will outline his journey making