Segments in this Video

Introduction: Rap Expression of Black Men's Experience (02:53)


Spoken poetry and scenes capture the experience of black men in American society.

Essex Hemphill's 'Silence' (02:08)

Poet Essex Hemphill performs his work "Silence is our shield..."

Black Chat Phone Hook-Ups for Activists (03:05)

Black activism against homophobia attempts to end the silence that hides the Black gay man. We hear of a shocking encounter on a bus.

Snap Expression (03:17)

A racist encounter with a club doorman brings out the Snap Diva's response and subsequent reports to the Mayor's Office, Human Rights Commission, and others.

Marginalization (02:34)

Hear the personal experience of a gay black man growing up in Georgia. He relates his encounters with homophobia and ugly names.

Violence and First Love (02:21)

After a violent attack, a first love brought a man back from his adolescent silence.

Castro District Revolution (02:53)

Erotic rap and images accompany scenes from the Castro District in the heyday of white men coming out of the closet.

Cross Dressers (03:55)

Cross dressing in his sister's shoes, the poet walks the waterfront while looking for true love.

Homophobia (04:43)

Hemphill's poetry notes the rejection of gay men by the black church, black politicians, and the media. Eddie Murphy performs a homophobic stand-up routine.

Repressed Anger (03:45)

Marlon Riggs and others show the pain of repressed anger that is sublimated in different ways.

Listen, Dance and Meet Up (06:04)

Gay black men talk to each other about their experience and the reception of the gay community in different states and cities.

Gay Expression (06:29)

Gay bars offer the gay community a place to express themselves. Gay Pride parades bring the community out in the public.

Heterosexual Love (03:02)

Hemphill's poetry celebrates the black gay intimate experience.

Aids Fear Challenges the Freedom to Love (04:09)

Obituaries of black gays, victims of the Aids epidemic, strike fear in the gay community- challenging the historic fight for black freedom.

Credits: Tongues Untied (02:27)

Credits: Tongues Untied

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Marlon Riggs' essay film gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization. The film was embraced by black gay audiences for its authentic representation of style, and culture, as well its fierce response to oppression. Tongues Untied has been lauded by critics for its vision and its bold aesthetic advances, and vilified by anti-gay forces who used it to condemn government funding of the arts. It was even denounced from the floor of Congress. Some content may not be suitable for all audiences- viewer discretion is advised.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL57872

Copyright date: ©1989

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