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African-American stories are central to national narrative

The News recently printed an article titled, “Alternative traditions; Three new Christmas movies celebrate the African-American experience, capping a banner year for black cinema.” As an African-American movie lover I, too, was pleased with the diverse offerings this past fall. Finally, our stories seem to be moving from the margins of American cinema.

While The News article captured this well, I found the title somewhat off-putting. Alternative traditions? African-American stories have been central to our national narrative. It is not an alternative tradition, as this title suggests. The fall 2013 lineup of black movies demonstrates this point. The article title should have as well. Just my point.

Erika D. Gault, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

Division, Hilbert College

Buffalo