Each month, BING will feature one or more artists selected by Black Cinema House for our BCH @ BING film series. Screenings will begin every Thursday at 7pm and will often be followed by a discussion. Feature-length films will be shown once while shorter works will be played on a loop.
As we sip our Lemonade this summer, let’s not forget Queen D. Supreme Diva Diana Ross evolved from her ground-breaking 1960s girl group to a solo superstardom that surpassed all expectations of what Black women could achieve in the entertainment industry. Cinema was central to the vision that Ross and Svengali Berry Gordy developed for her career, and for Motown. This month BCH@BING takes a look at the films of Diana Ross, all cult classics beloved for the outrageous alchemy of Ross’ fabulousness combined with eclectic production design, unforgettable music, and a host of co-starring Black luminaries.
✔ August 11 - Lady Sings the Blues (Sidney J Furie, 1972, 144 min)
While some criticized Ross heavily for her inability to capture Billie Holiday’s tragic genius in voice and physical stature, she delivers (alongside Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor) a gut-wrenching portrait of the treachery of show business, and frailties of Black artists.
Post-film conversation with Chicago jazz musician Maggie Brown and Black Cinema House curator and UChicago film scholar Jacqueline Stewart.
Admission is free. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.