Synopsis

Talking Black in America follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language. Speech varieties from the African American community reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality. Filmed across the United States, Talking Black in America is a startling revelation of language as legacy, identity and triumph over adversity. With Reverend Jeremiah Wright, DJ Nabs, Professor Griff, Quest M.C.O.D.Y., Dahlia the Poet, Nicky Sunshine and many others.

 

“The status of African American speech has been controversial for more than a half-century now, suffering from persistent public misunderstanding, linguistic profiling, and language-based discrimination. We wanted to address that and, on a fundamental level, make clear that understanding African American speech is absolutely critical to understanding the way we talk today.”
-Walt Wolfram

 

“African-American language is central to American life, yet it continues to be widely misunderstood and marginalized. A new documentary from the Language and Life Project at NC State draws on decades of research to remedy our understanding.”
– NC State News

 
 

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Upcoming Events

TALKING BLACK in AMERICA continues to show to audiences across the United States – check below for an event near you.

Screenings are accompanied by panel discussions and q&a with producers.
To request a screening use the form beneath upcoming events.


Wednesday, September 19, 6pm – Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University. Emory Clark Hall 111
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram (NC State University)

Thursday, September 20, 6-8pm – Killeen, TX

Texas A&M University Central Texas
Warrior Hall 117 (Multipurpose Room)
Screening followed by Q+A with Associate Producer Sonja Lanehart (University of Texas at San Antonio)

Wednesday, October 10 – Houston, TX

University of Houston
Details TBA
Screening followed by Q+A with Associate Producer Tracey Weldon (University of South Carolina)

Monday, October 15, 5-6:30pm – Whitewater, WI

University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Summers Auditorium
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram and other guests

Tuesday, October 23 – Burlington, NC

Elon College. Details TBA

Wednesday, November 7, 6pm – Stillwater, OK

Oklahoma State University. Peggy V Helmerich Room of Low Library
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram (NC State University)

Thursday, November 15 – Ames, IA

Iowa State University. Details TBA

Thursday, November 29 – St Johns, Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland. details TBA
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram (NC State University)

Request a Screening

We are seeking community partners to host a series of special screening events across the country. Let us know if you want to bring Talking Black in America to your town.

PAST EVENTS

Thursday, March 23 at 7pm at Hunt Library Auditorium on NC State Campus Screening followed by a panel discussion about the film. Panelists: Shirlette Ammons, a poet and musician based in Durham, Kwesi Craig C. Brookins, Associate Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at NC State University, and Walt Wolfram, Professor of English Linguistics at NC State University

Wednesday, March 29 at 4:30pm at Purdue University Presentation by Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm in Witherspoon 126 (Washington Sankofa Room) on NC State Campus Screening and panel discussion about the ways language discrimination interacts with other forms of discrimination in the American justice system (NC State’s final Common Reading event of the year). Panelists: Vernetta Alston, Attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, Jim Coleman, Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke University, and Walt Wolfram, Professor of English Linguistics at NC State University

Thursday, April 6 at 2pm at the University of Missouri at St. Louis Presentation by Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Monday, April 10 at 7pm at the UC Theater at Western Carolina University Screening followed by Q+A with film producers Walt Wolfram and Danica Cullinan

Tuesday, April 18 at 9am at WG Enloe High School in Raleigh, NC Screening followed by Q+A with film producers Walt Wolfram and Danica Cullinan

Tuesday, June 6 at 5:30pm at COSI’s Galaxy Theater in Columbus, OH Screening followed by conversation with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram from NCSU, Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Science Monique Mills from OSU, and Professor of Literary Studies Elaine Richardson from OSU

Tuesday, June 27 at 10am – Raleigh, NC Emerging Scholars Academy at NC State, Park Shops Room 210. Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Monday, July 17 – Lexington, KY Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute. Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Wednesday, July 26 at 12pm – Raleigh, NC Caldwell Lounge at North Carolina State University. Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Tuesday, September 12 at 5 pm – College Park, MD The Language Science Center at the University of Maryland. Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Thursday, September 14, 7pm – Durham, NC
The School of Education Auditorium at North Carolina Central University. Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Friday, September 15 – Nantucket, MA
The Nantucket Project
Screening and presentation by Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Friday, September 22, 3pm – Washington D.C.
The ICC Auditorium at Georgetown University. Screening followed by Q+A with Linguist Minnie Quartey Annan, Professor Dennis Williams, and Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Tuesday, September 26, 6pm – Fayetteville, NC
The Bronco Theater in Rudolph Jones Student Center at Fayetteville State University. Screening followed by Q+A with film producer Danica Cullinan

Thursday, September 28, 6:30 pm – New York, NY
Cantor Film Center (Theater 102) at New York University. Screening followed by talkback and Q+A with Linguists Dr. Renee Blake, Dr. Jamila Lyiscott, and Dr. Cecelia Cutler

Friday, September 29, 2:30 pm – Columbia, SC
The Russell House Theater at the University of South Carolina. Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram and Associate Producer Tracey Weldon

Saturday, October 7, 3:30pm – Athens, GA
Linguistic Conference of the University of Georgia (LCUGA4). Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Thursday, October 19 – Denton, TX
University of North Texas. Screening followed by Q+A with Assistant Professor Jemima Young, Associate Producer Patricia Cukor-Avila and Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Friday, October 20 – Dallas, TX
International Institute of Linguistics. Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Thursday, October 26 – Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan. Screening followed by Q+A with rapper Quest MCODY (@questmcody) and Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Thursday, November 2, 3:30 pm – Orangeburg, SC
Claflin University. Screened as part of the Claflin University Department of Social science’s Social Justice Series, followed by discussion / q&a with associate producer Tracey Weldon

Friday, November 3, 5 pm – Lynchburg, VA
Lynchburg College. Screened as part of the Race, Poverty, and Social Justice Conference, followed by discussion and q&a with linguist Lisa Pierce as others.

Saturday, November 4 – Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin at Madison. Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Sunday, November 5, 3pm – Atlanta, GA
The Baton Foundation in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. Screening followed by Q+A with Poet and Musician Derrick ABYSS Graham (teamabysslive.com), DJ and Record Producer DJ Nabs (djnabs.com), and Associate Producer and Linguist Tracey Weldon.

Wednesday, November 8, 5 pm – Los Angeles, CA
California State University
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram
Thursday, November 9, 7:45 pm – Los Angeles, CA

LA Convention Center with the American Speech Language Hearing Association
Screening (open to conference attendees) followed by Q+A with Language and Literacy Expert Noma LeMoine, Speech Pathologist Sandra Jackson, and Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Thursday, November 9, 7:30 pm – Raleigh, NC
Caldwell Lounge at North Carolina State University
Screening followed by Q+A with linguist KellyNoel Waldorf

Thursday, January 4, 7:30pm – Salt Lake City, UT
Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting
Screening followed by panel discussion and Q+A

Thursday, January 11, 6pm – Raleigh, NC
NC State University, Caldwell Hall Lounge
Screening as a part of Winter Welcome Week at NCSU, followed by Q+A and discussion with Language and Life Project linguist KellyNoel Waldorf

Thursday, February 1, 3:30 pm – Columbia, SC
Columbia College, Johnny Cordell Breed Leadership Building (Room 103)
Screening followed by a panel discussion with Associate Producer Dr. Tracey Weldon, Dr. Jessica Berry and Dawn Richardson

Friday, February 2, 3-5 pm – Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University
Screening followed by Q+A and discussion

Tuesday, February 6 – Columbia, MO
University of Missouri

Tuesday, February 6 – Amherst, MA
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Integrative Learning Center N151
Screening followed by Q+A with Associate Producer Lisa Green, Anna Branch, Nick McBride

Tuesday, February 6, 12-2 pm & 6-8pm – Irvine, CA
Irvine Valley College, World Languages
12-2 pm: B248
6-8 pm: LA 101

Wednesday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 pm – College Park, PA
Penn State University, 100 Thomas Building Auditorium
Screening followed by Q+A with Penn State Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Timeka Tounsel, PhD, and Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Wednesday, February 7 – Columbia, MO
University of Missouri
Screening followed by Q+A and discussion hosted by Matt Gordon

Monday, February 12, 10:30-11:30 am – Cary, NC
Cary Academy Assembly. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Talking Black in America Vignettes
Presentation and Q & A with Walt Wolfram, student representatives

Monday, February 12, 5pm – Palo Alto, CA
Oak Lounge West, Tressider Union
Stanford University, Black History Month Celebration
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram and Associate Producer John Rickford

Tuesday, February 13, 4pm – San Antonio, TX
University of Texas at San Antonio, Black History Month Celebration
Screening followed by Q+A with Associate Producer Sonja Lanehart

Thursday, February 15 – Claremont, CA
Pomona College
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram and Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science Nicole Holliday

Friday, February 16, 2-4 pm – San Diego, CA
San Diego State University, Storm Hall West 011
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Tuesday, February 20 – New York City
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Wednesday, February 21, 12-2 pm – Washington, DC
1111 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20526 (Shriver AB)
Screening for Peace Corps Language Week. Followed by Q+A and discussion with Minnie Quartey

Thursday, February 22 – Portland, OR
Reed College
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Thursday, February 22, 4-5:45 pm – Bloomfield, NJ
Bloomfield College, Center for Technology & Creativity Black Box Studio
(entrance is through the library)
Screening followed by Q+A with Associate Producer Dr. Renée Blake
(NYU Linguistics and Social & Cultural Analysis)

Thursday, February 22, 6:30-8:30 pm – Honolulu, HI
The Popolo Project
The Arts at Mark’s Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Avenue Honolulu, HI
Screening followed by Q+A and discussion with linguist Dr. Akiemi Glenn, artist Joy Enomoto, and community members

Friday, February 23 – Eugene, OR
University of Oregon
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Monday, February 26, 3:30-5:30 pm – Manhattan, KS
Kansas State University, McVay Family Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram, Tosha Sampson-Choma (Assistant Professor of English), Chelsea Osademe (Graduate student of English), Charlesia McKinney (Graduate student in Rhetoric and Composition)

Tuesday, February 27, 4-6 pm – Lawrence, KS
Kansas University
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Wednesday, February 28, 6:30-8:30pm – Washington, DC
Wells Fargo Black African American Connection Screening
Location forthcoming. Followed by Q+A and discussion with Minnie Quartey

Wednesday, February 28, 6-8pm – East Lansing, MI
B-310 Wells Hall, Michigan State University
Presented in honor of Black History Month. Followed by Q+A and discussion.

Wednesday, March 7, 5-7 pm – Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Speech and Hearing Association, North Raleigh Hilton, Midtown
Screening followed by Q+A with executive producer Walt Wolfram

Thursday, March 22, 2-4pm – Orangeburg, SC
South Carolina State University, IP Stanback Museum
Screening followed by Q+A with Associate Producer Tracey Weldon

Tuesday, March 27, 9:00am – Raleigh, NC
Enloe High School
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram and Producer Danica Cullinan

Tuesday, April 3, 7pm – Garland, TX
First Presbyterian Church, 930 West Avenue B at 9th Street
Screening held in conjunction with the Garland Chapter of the Alliance of Black School Educators. Followed by Q+A with UNT Dallas Lecturer of Teacher Education and Administration Yolanda Graham, UNT Dallas Linguistics Professor Katie Welch, and Statia Paschel, Officer in the Garland Area Alliance of Black School Educators

Wednesday, April 4, 4:30pm-6:30pm – West Chester, PA
Sykes Theater, West Chester University
Screening followed by a panel discussion led by Michael Burns, Cherise Pollard, and Joshua Raclaw

Tuesday, April 10 – Morgantown, WV
West Virginia University
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Wednesday, April 11, 4:30-6 pm – Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University, Rashid Auditorium GHC 4401 Carnegie Mellon University
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Thursday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm – State College, PA
Penn State University Park campus, Foster Auditorium
Screening followed by a Q+A facilitated by Dr. Timeka Tounsel, Penn State Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, African American Studies; and Dr. Hiram Smith, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Bucknell University

Thursday, April 12 – Louisville, KY
University of Louisville
Screening followed by Q+A with Executive Producer Walt Wolfram

Thursday, April 19 – Blacksburg, VA
South Eastern Conference on Linguistics, Lyric Theatre
Screening followed by Q+A and discussion

Friday, April 27 – College Station, TX
Texas A&M. 2pm Screening in Rudder Tower 301 followed by Q+A with Associate Producer Tracey Weldon

Tuesday, May 1 – Chicago, IL
4:30pm screening at the Richard J Daley Library, Room I-470

Friday, May 18 – St. Peter, Minnesota
7pm at Gustavus Adolphus College. Screening followed by panel discussion with Bukata Hayes, Executive Director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council; Tiffnie Jackson, Director of Racial Justice at the Mankato YWCA; Abdi Sabrie, Education and Community Activist and Brian Lozenski, Professor of Urban and Multicultural Education at Macalester College

Tuesday, June 5 – Oxford, UK
Presented by the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with:
Dr Heath Rose, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Oxford.
Shivonne Gates, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary University of London and Executive Producer Dr Walt Wolfram, Distinguished University Professor, Department of English, North Carolina State University. (via pre-recorded address).

Friday, June 20 – Baltimore, MD

Friday, June 29 – New York City
1pm at Long Island University Brooklyn, Room HS107, 1, University Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11201. Screening followed by Q+A with Dr. Renée Blake.