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June 28, 2005

Xala at Your Boy

Back in my relative youth, when I was preparing myself for participation in the cutting edge of World African society, rather than domestic family life, you could light up my face just by mentioning two films. One of them was 'Fear of a Black Hat'. The other was 'Xala'.

I think I get about as much kick out of films like 'Sugar Cane Alley' and 'Sankofa' as the next guy, but there was something extraordinary about Ousmane Sembene that stood (and stands) head and shoulders above the rest.

It turns out that Sembene is finally coming out on DVD. It's about freaking time. You'd think that this business has advanced far enough for this to be a relatively cheap deal. If I had a couple million socked away and too much time on my hands, I'd give Donald Bogle a call and do some of what needs to be done. I mention this also because of something Nulan mentioned over at Vision Circle about an old John Ford movie about a buffalo soldier. It cannot be found on DVD right now although the VHS can be gotten at Amazon.

This is the kind of stuff you could bootleg under the radar...

Posted by mbowen at June 28, 2005 02:50 PM

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Hello Cobb,

My name is Lawrence Ross and I'm from the Loyola class of '84. I was going through your archives and it was great to read about the PBBA because I restarted it at Loyola in 1982. I'd read about it in a yearbook, brought back the idea to the black students, and we took it from there. One of our first actions was to protest Loyola's decision to stay open on MLK's birthday (pre-national holiday). I intend on going back to Loyola this year and speaking to the African American students. Good to see those 70's pictures! lol

Lawrence C. Ross, Jr.
The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities (author)
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Posted by: Lawrence Ross at June 28, 2005 03:35 PM