The Black Book
A collaborative project of author and California Institute of the Arts professor Tisa Bryant and celebrated writer Ernest Hardy, The Black Book chronicles black life and thought through literature, cinema, and other media. Each chapter is a living archive: a photo album, mixtape, and love letter to the past, present, and future of black aesthetics.
Behind the Groove: From Soul Power & the Black Arts Movement to Post Hip-hop Aesthetics
Through film clips, TV snippets, and music samples, Ernest Hardy and Tisa Bryant explore the evolution of Black representation in popular culture.
Tue Aug 18 2015 7:30 PM
Friday features Ice Cube and Chris Tucker as buddies trying to come up with $200 they owe a local bully.
Wed Aug 26 2015 7:30 PM
Trouble in Mind... But I Won’t Be Blue Always
Writers Ernest Hardy and Tisa Bryant sift through film, television, music, social media, and news to explore black life and culture.
Thu Aug 24 2017 7:30 PM
Pariah tells the story of Alike, a 17-year-old African-American woman who is beginning to explore her identity as a lesbian.
Tue Aug 29 2017 7:30 PM
The Black Book, Volume IV: Black Love in the Hour of Chaos
Using film clips, music videos, excerpts from literature, and samples from social media, Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy celebrate black love in all its forms.
Sun Feb 4 2018 3:00 PM
Diana Ross plays a Chicago shopgirl who ends up in the glamorous world of modeling and caught in a romantic quadrangle.
Wed Feb 14 2018 7:30 PM
A band of HIV-positive queer urban activists of color stage a series of surprise attacks to expose political corruption surrounding the AIDS epidemic.
Sun Feb 25 2018 7:30 PM
The Black Book Vol. V: Hustle & Flow: A Visual Anthology of Black Labor, Work, and Life
Ernest Hardy and Tisa Bryant assemble a post-hip-hop visual anthology of film, TV clips, and diasporic black music examining the singular history of black labor, work, and life in America.
Tue May 1 2018 7:30 PM
This film tells the story of Doug Street, a Detroit man who becomes a chameleon, successfully posing as an attorney, a Yale student, a Time magazine correspondent, and a surgeon.
Tue May 8 2018 7:30 PM