ChickenBones: A Journal

for  Literary & Artistic African-American  Themes




2003 Independent Film & Music Festival


written and directed by Dennis Leroy Moore


Tuesday, February 25th



A John Brown X Production film



127 West 127th St.-Between 7th and Lenox Avenue 

all trains and Buses to 125th St.


Tuesday, February 25th

Screening  > 5:00pm           

Complimentary Admission

Panel Discussion > 7:45pm

“Reel Revolution: Defining the Role of Independent Cinema” moderated by Warrington Hudlin. Panelists: Kathleen Cleaver, Stanley Nelson, Lillian Jimenez, Judy Escalona, and Dennis Leroy Moore

Harlem, New York – As An Act of Protest, a new feature-film by 26-year-old NYC guerilla first time filmmaker and theatre director Dennis Leroy Moore will screen as a part of imagenation 3-Day Film and Music Festival (for more information visit As An Act of Protest is fierce, intense, and visceral.  Set in New York City, the story focuses on Cairo Medina, a young black actor, and his “rite-of-passage-station-of-the-cross” journey to escape the psychological torture of colonization by searching for ways to counter the effects of racism and police brutality before they destroy him. Moore’s As An Act of Protest introduces a new voice to the world of underground cinema, and it is a clear line in the sand, which demands the eradication of racism, and oppression in all forms. This compelling drama features strong performances as well as the legendary group The Last Poets.

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As An Act of Protest epitomizes the true spirit of Black Independent film and pays a beautiful homage to the Black Arts Movement—Moighantsi Kgama, founder of imagenation Film Festival


As An Act of Protest—Best Black Movie of the Year” —Kam Williams, The Black World Today


“… raw, provocative, and demanding”—Cara Buckley, Miami Herald Tribune


 “A powerful film that aims to teach and shock and succeed on both  counts”—Walter Dawkins, Variety Magazine


As An Act Of Protest, is extraordinarily riveting and current – about a young Black actor who’s facing the extremism of untreated racism/colorism in American society and can’t forget Amadou Diallo and ALL of the other slaughtered Brothers. Take love ones to experience it!” Love, —Carol Taylor, Activist and Creator of the Little Black Book


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Melissa Dymock, Producer / Director:  Dennis Leroy Moore

As an Act of ProtestShowing  November 8th & 15th


The Digital Soul Cinema in Harlem

PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Blacque Freeman 212-694-2887 New York, NY ­ October 24, 2002: ³As an Act of Protest², a new feature-film by New York guerilla first time filmmaker and theatre director Dennis Leroy Moore will screen at the imagenation: Digital Soul Cinema in Harlem on Friday November 1st, 8th and 15th.  Director/Writer, Dennis Leroy Moore will attend the 7pm show on Friday November 1st.

As an Act of Protest is fierce, intense, and visceral.  Set in New York City, the story focuses on Cairo Medina, a young black actor, and his “rite-of-passage-station-of-the-cross” journey to escape the psychological torture of colonization by searching for ways to counter the effects of racism and police brutality before they destroy him. Moore¹s ³As an Act of Protest² introduces a new voice to the world of underground cinema and features the legendary poetry group The Last Poets.  It is a clear line in the sand, which demands the eradication of racism, and oppression in all forms.  The film sheds light on the new generation of Black American artists and the repressed rage of the Black male in particular, which he is seldom free to express. See further reviews on the film at

“We’re very excited about As an act of Protest,” said Moikgantsi Kgama, founder of imagenation.  ³”his film epitomizes the true spirit of Black independent film and pays a beautiful homage to The Black Arts Movement.”  As An Act of Protest will screen at Harlem¹s only venue dedicated to showing independent cinema from the African Diaspora, the imagenation Digital Soul Cinema. Since launching with LUMUMBA in May, this Brownstone Cinema located at 135 West 118th St. has featured SPARK starring TERRENCE HOWARD (HART¹S WAR, THE BEST MAN) and NICOLE ARI PARKER (SOUL FOOD TV series, BOOGIE NIGHTS) along with the short film I AM ALI directed by Dream Hampton, followed by QUEEN LATIFAH PRESENTS MAMA AFRICA and KING OF THE JUNGLE starring JOHN LEGUIZAMO and GOD IS AFRICAN to name a few. The Digital Soul Cinema is a groundbreaking new micro cinema that features quality Black and Latino films every Friday night.  Distinctive in its approach as a mini-theater, patrons can choose from a variety of snack items including old favorites such as popcorn and candy as well as specialty foods like vegetable patties and plantains.  Indie film paraphernalia will also be available.  Complementary short films frequently precede the feature presentations and local actors and directors are invited to address the micro-cinema audiences. The imagenation Digital Soul Cinema is a production of the imagenation Film Festival.  Founded in 1997 by Moikgantsi Kgama, the festival¹s mission is to develop independent film audiences in communities of color and to establish a twin-plex theater in Harlem dedicated independent cinema by 2004.  The Digital Soul Cinema is the brainchild of Moikgantsi¹s business partner and husband Gregory Gates.

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Imagenation DIGITAL SOUL CINEMA  135 West 118th St., New York City (between 7th & Lenox Ave.) 2, 3 Trains to 114 St.          FRIDAYS: November 1st, 8th and 15th           4:00 pm matinee is $5; 7:00 pm  & 10:00 pm shows are $7       Tickets at the door 15 min. before showtime or in advance on-line           866-841-9135, ext. 7482 Film Producer Melissa Dymock

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery /

George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 — The Founding of Haiti 

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update 1 July 2008





Dennis Leroy Moore


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