Pass The Popcorn: Common + Jada Pinkett-Smith Attend Screening Of Angela Davis Doc
Common and Jada Pinkett-Smith were amongst the celebrities, activists and industry professionals on hand for the screening of Free Angela & All Political Prisoners – the documentary from filmmaker Shola Lynch honoring the life and continued work of Angela Davis. Lynch also directed the 2005 documentary Chisholm 72: Unbought and Unbossed. The film screened at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, where Pepsi Pulse caught up with the actors for a bit of red carpet commentary. The documentary dissects the socio-political struggle which catapulted Davis to national prominence as equal parts folk-hero and public pariah for her role as a very visible and vocal associate of the Black Panther Party. Davis has since become a celebrated political activist and speaker whose tale features one of the more fortunate outcomes of those afforded people involved in promoting and organizing the black nationalist efforts of the 60s and 70s – many of the movement’s most visible figures met untimely deaths at the behest of those who disagreed with their presence. Lynch’s documentary celebrates the life and work of Davis and others from that era whose stories are eerily similar and often left untold.
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