“American Denial” speaker Dr. Mark Bolden’s recommended readings

Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D. and Dr. Mark Bolden

Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D. and Dr. Mark Bolden. Photo credit: Institute for Policy Studies

The Q&A of Community Cinema DC’s presentation of “American Denial” was one of the rare moments when the entire audience remained in their seats after the film and yielded most of their questions and comments time to the speakers — Trinity College’s Dr. Mark Bolden and historian/journalist Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D. Both speakers gave contrasting yet complimentary analysis of Gunner Myrdal’s study “American Dilemma,” the film and its potential to move a conversation on race forward. “It’s a step,” said Burroughs.

Attendees were interested in Dr. Bolden’s recommended readings about the original “American Delimma” study:
a review written by sociologist E.B. Reuter, and NAACP co-founder, writer, and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois, published in the Clark Atlanta University Phylon Journal in 1944. And a second review and analysis written by sociologist Oliver C. Cox in the Howard University Journal of Negro of Education“An American Delimma: A Mystical Approach to the Study of Race Relations” — published in 1945.

It’s always good to leave a Community Cinema event hungry for more.

Meet Our Guest Speakers for “American Denial” (February 22)

Bolden-Mark-EDU-MediumDr. Mark Bolden, assistant professor of counseling at Trinity College will be the guest speaker for the Q&A following the Community Cinema [DC] presentation of AMERICAN DENIAL (Sunday, February 22, 5 pm) at Busboys and Poets. Dr. Bolden was honored in August by the Association of Black Psychologists with the Bobby E. Wright award for exemplary commitment to community service.

Dr. Bolden teaches counseling and education courses at Trinity including a Multicultural Counseling that explores practical and theoretical issues of counseling individuals, couples, groups, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University; M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and B.A. in Psychology from Seton Hall University. More information available at this link.

Dr. Bolden uses the Implicit Bias test (mentioned in AMERICAN DENIAL) in his classes. We encourage you to try the test for yourself and share your results at the Community Cinema screening. It will make for a very interesting conversation starter.

Link to PROJECT IMPLICIT Test: http://bit.ly/cc-iat
More information about Project Implicit

Joining Dr. Bolden is Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D., journalist, historian, and “popular culture geek.” Burroughs received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and is a lifelong student of the history of Black media. He is the author of “Son-Shine On Cracked Sidewalks,” his audiobook on the 2014 Newark, N.J. mayoral election, co-author with Herb Boyd of the book “Civil Rights: Yesterday and Today,” and one of four primary authors of the book “Civil Rights Chronicle ,” both published by Legacy Publishing/Publications International. He is the o-editor with Jared Ball of the book “A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X,” published by Black Classic Press, and a contributor to several other books, including “Race And Resistance: African-Americans in the Twenty-First Century” (South End Press), “Putting The Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching” (Teaching for Change and PRRAC), “The Fifties Chronicle” (Legacy/Publishing/Publications International), and the “Ethnic Media In America” scholarly anthology series (Kendall/Hunt). More informaiton available on his blog Drums in the Global Village.”


Media That Matters Hosts Important Public Media Forum (Feb. 19)


Has a community screening of “Independent Lens” or “POV” film changed the way you look at the world?

Has a particular film captured your voice and your struggles?

If so, we need your help!

Please attend the D.C Media That Matters event on Thursday, February 19 (details below)

This is a FREE Event – RSVP Eventbrite


Public TV and Independent, Point of View Documentary

Thursday, February 19
6:30 – 8:00pm
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater
2nd Floor, McKinley Building
American University Campus

Does public TV need independent and underrepresented voices? Do independent and underrepresented voices need public TV? When WNET contemplated moving Independent Lens and POV off the prime-time schedule in December, it triggered a nation-wide protest. WNET and PBS restored the series to the schedule until May, and promised to hold a listening tour. At this public hearing, viewers, organization heads, and filmmakers talk with public TV executives. Join them!


Moderator: Melissa Houghton, WIFV*
Tamara Gould, ITVS
Eliza Licht, POV
Ivana Jackson, WHUT*
Marie Nelson, PBS
Bernardo Ruiz, Quiet Pictures (“Los Graduados/The Graduates”)
Rick Schneider, WETA
Stephen Segaller, WNET
Andy Shallal, Busboys and Poets*
Joseph Tovares, CPB
Larry Unger, MPT

Read Variety article for more information and background for these public forms in several cities.

See highlights from the forum in San Francisco:

If you’re willing to make a short personal testimonial in front of the panel, contact indiecaucus[at]gmail[dot]com.

*Community Cinema [DC] partner