Why Is Hollywood Still Denying Black Queer Love Stories? Professor Great Discusses With The Guardian

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
In a scene from “Moonlight,” Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) and Kevin (Andre Holland) sit at a booth in a diner at night. Photo by David Bornfriend/A24.

THE GUARDIAN (LONDON) -- “One of the inherent powers of film and television productions is it allows for the expansion of broader horizons. These art forms allow us to occupy the subject position of another person,” Dr. Artel Great, Black cinema historian and endowed chair in African American Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University School of Cinema, told the Guardian. “Sadly, what this amounts to in the dominant industry is watching works that predominantly allow us to move through the world from the subject position of a straight white man. And what we need, culturally, are more voices that amplify the social significance of life on the margins.

“This process of demarginalization can help increase appreciation for cultural differences and help revise the terms of engagement for Black queer stories to be able to proliferate and flourish in the broader society.”