Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Forgotten Soul of the 1960s and ’70s

On June 2nd, as a part of the African American Film Series, we will be screening the documentary Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Forgotten Soul of the 1960s and ’70s. This documentary, directed by Jennifer Maas, and distributed by local record label Light in the Attic Records, captures some of the heyday of Seattle’s soul, funk and R & B that was lost to time until avid record collector DJ Mr. Supreme came across some Seattle labels and amazing Seattle sounds. But Seattle’s living legends and fans remember, and Wheedle’s Groove brought this important history to life and back into the limelight. Continue reading “Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Forgotten Soul of the 1960s and ’70s”

Beyond the Screen: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

As a part of the African American Film Series this year, librarians have created some amazing resource lists that can help you take your understanding of the people, places, times and themes these films bring to life beyond the screen. For Douglass-Truth’s upcoming screening of the documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, on Sunday, May 8th at 2 p.m., here are a few books to deepen your experience:

Angela Davis: An AutobiographyFree Angela and All Political Prisoners by Angela Y. Davis
UCLA professor, political activist, former fugitive, communist, and Black Panther Party member Angela Davis describes her remarkable early journey as she became a major American figure in the fight for human rights. Continue reading “Beyond the Screen: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”

2016 African American Film Series

Tomorrow begins our 2016 African American Film Series, celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. This year we’re showing 28 movies in 14 library locations across the city through June. See the full calendar for further details!