Black Writers Week 2021: Table of Contents

The following table of contents features all articles published during Black Writers Week 2021 (June 14th through June 20th), arranged in the following categories: features, interviews, panels, reviews, republished features, republished interviews and republished reviews. —The Editors


Welcome to Black Writers Week by Chaz Ebert

The Burden Hollywood Puts on Black Storytellers (And How to Fix It) by Ciara Wardlow

Considering John Ford’s ‘Apology Western’ Sergeant Rutledge by Sergio Mims

The Diversity in Media Question by Eric Pierson 

Escape Pod: Death, the Universe, and Everything by Sherin Nicole

Look Away, Look Away by Brandon David Wilson

The New Black Film Rebellion by JM Mutore 

Profiles in Courage: Julieanna Richardson by The Editors

Profiles in Courage: Kahil El’Zabar by The Editors

Profiles in Courage: Kizzmekia Corbett by The Editors

Ring the Alarm: The State of Black Kid Joy and What’s at Stake by Doreen Spicer-Dannelly 

Scientist Al Chambles Explains Why Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett’s Contribution to the Moderna Vaccine Matters in the Black Community by Al Chambles 

Second City’s New Executive Producer: The Comedy of Jon Carr by The Editors

The Ultimate Underdog: On the Legacy of Apollo Creed by David Moses

The Women of Wakanda, Forever by Sherin Nicole


I Remember People: Song by Chaz Ebert, Performed by Chicago Soul Spectacular

Lateef Calloway on his Sojourner Truth project

On Making “Mr. Soul!” by Melissa Haizlip 

On Making “White People Money” by Mark Harris

Profiles in Courage: Five On The Black Hand Side: Erica Ford by The Editors 

Profiles in Courage: Five On The Black Hand Side: Jeremy Joyce by The Editors 

What Being an Ebert Fellow Meant to Me by Sue-Ellen Chitunya

What Justice League Means to Me by Kaiya Shunyata 

Why I Keep Making Movies by Brandon Towns 


Janicza Bravo Interview by Robert Daniels

Troy Pryor’s Creative Cypher On Way to Being Black Entertainment Giant by Chaz Ebert


June 16: The Tanning of Hollywood: Reimagining Equity and Inclusion As A Pinnacle Measure of Cinematic Excellence:  Moderator: Rebecca Ford, Karen Horne, Jon Carr, JaSheika James, JaNeika James and Ben Cory Jones 

June 18: Whose Gaze: Roundtable of Black Film Critics At The Movies: Moderator: Chaz Ebert, Gil Robertson,  Sarah-Tai Black, Emmanuel Noisette, Tambay Obenson, Carla Renata and Reginald Ponder.

June 19: The Evolution Of Afro-Futurism: Black Power, Love, Super-Heroes and Magic: Moderator: Dr. Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Ytasha Womack and Dr John Jennings 

The Tanning of Hollywood Panel to be Broadcast at 3pm CT Tomorrow by The Editors


“A Crime on the Bayou” by Steven Boone 

“Fatherhood” by Odie Henderson 

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” by Carla Renata

“Les Notres”  by Jourdain Searles 

“Luca” by Robert Daniels 

Nasrin” by Robert Daniels

“Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer” by Sarah-Tai Black 

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It” by Danielle Scruggs 

The Serpent” by Craig Lindsey 

Siberia” by Sergio Mims 

“The Sparks Brothers” by Brandon Towns 

“Summer of ‘85” by

“Superdeep” by

“Sweat” by Whitney Spencer 

“Sweet Thing” by Travis Hopson 

TV Review: “Physical” by Ciara Wardlow


The Fairy Tale of Homeownership in The Last Black Man in San Francisco by Robert Daniels

How the Image of Black Women Has (and Hasn’t) Changed in the Last Two Decades by Carla Renata

John Singleton (1968-2019) by Odie Henderson

Joy and Triumph: Reclaiming the Image of Black Women in Cinema by Rebecca Theodore-Vachon


Connected to the Soil: Charles Burnett on “To Sleep with Anger” by Sergio Mims

Ebertfest 2018: Eight Things I Learned About Belle from Amma Asante by Niani Scott

I Will Not Forget You: Barry Jenkins on The Underground Railroad by Robert Daniels

We Are Not a Monolith: JaNeika and JaSheika James on Their Book, Living Double by Chaz Ebert


Billie” by Robert Daniels

Dear White People” by Steven Boone

Lee Daniels’ The Butler” by Steven Boone

MLK/FBI” by Odie Henderson

Morris From America” by Angelica Jade Bastién

Night of the Kings” by Robert Daniels

The Outside Story” by Odie Henderson

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” by Whitney Spencer

Small Axe: Lovers Rock” by Odie Henderson

Time” by Odie Henderson

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