We Are Universal is a documentary film that recounts the influence of the “Black Is Beautiful” movement on the art of Black people. Scenes of arts organizations, performances, and lifestyles in four of the major urban areas for art in the country – Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – are interwoven with opinions of Black art from artists who were themselves
major influences on the art [then] [in the 1970’s], and who now have a place in Black history.
Visual segues of two young boys as they explore their
hometown from downtown to “uptown” combined with a musical score, written by Carl Atkins and featuring the performances of Gary Bartz and James Ntume, provide visual metaphors and thematic cues for the discussions of how Black culture has evolved. The conclusion of the film offers a projection of Black art
that, as the years have passed since it was produced, remains undeniably accurate…
That We Are Universal was produced in the 60’s, when ideologies of Black people had a major influence
on all art forms, and that it is now a document, will have increasing importance in the years to come.
Artists who appear in the film include Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charles White, Nikki Giovanni,
Don Lee, Hugh Masekela, Betty Carter, Lee Morgan and many others*
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