As far back as the silent films era, African-Americans have been featured in motion pictures playing roles depicting some aspect of acting and being purveyors of a black image.The messages or themes of these movies have over the years presented a mixture of images based upon what was thought to please the viewers of each particular film.Unfortunately, many of those films showed black characters in negative stereotypical roles which the average African-Americans would never truly identify as being like themselves.

A compilation of film resources about African Americans and featuring African Americans available in the MSU Libraries.

Note also check the Music tab for films and documentaries featuring African American singers and musicians.

Visit the Electronic Resources Media page for a list of streaming video collections, including Black Studies in Video.

Black Studies in Video is a signature Alexander Street Press collection featuring award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States.

In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.

Creating clips and playlists with Alexander Street Press products. This will keep videos intended for course use in the library for student viewing.

Faculty may be able to arrange special permission to check out the reserved video for a classroom showing by contacting the DMC.

The subject of African-Americans in Motion Pictures provides some of the most interesting studies along with the many controversial interpretations of the roles as actors they played on the silver screen.

Click here to see some of the many books, internet resources, and films on African Americans in Motion Pictures. University of Chicago portal to resources for researching Black film culture - from the works of early pioneers (Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams) to contemporary filmmaking from across the African Diaspora (Spike Lee, Ousmane Sembene, Euzhan Palcy); issues of Black film distribution, exhibition and spectatorship; and Black representation in cinema from the late 19th century to the present.