Black Entertainment : "Five On The Black Hand Side" - 1973

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Five on the Black Hand Side (1973)

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By A. H. WEILER


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Five on the Black Hand Side was released at a time when most black-oriented films were bloody action fests. In contrast, this low-budget effort, coproduced by actors Brock Peters and Michael Tolan, eschews exploitation for humanity and domestic drama. Leonard Jackson plays a barber who is also the domineering head of a middle-class African American family. Jackson is forced to rethink his values when his previously docile wife (Clarice Taylor) joins their three children in rebelling against her husband's retrogressive behavior. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Five on the Black Hand Side is considered to be a classic among theatrical dramas. The story is based on the trials and tribulations within a black family during the late 1960s. Charlie Russell is the original playwright who developed the play to give his audience a sense of hope and pride. His theme challenges his audience to leave the theatre with a renewed sense of dignity. The subject matter of Five on the Black Hand Side ranges from the black family to the black political consciousness.

Brief Bio On The Play

Five on the Black Hand Side, a Classic, is based on the trials and liberation within a Black family during the late 1960s. The play gives a sense of hope in being who you are...to walk with dignity and to hold your head up and not be ashamed of who you are. The subject matter of Five on the Black Hand Side ranges from the Black family to the Black Political consciousness that unfortunately is lacking in recent times.

Brief Playwright Bio

Charlie Russell was a counselor in the S.E.E.K. college program at City College in New York. His brother is the Basketball star Bill Russell. Russell received his M.F.A. in Playwrighting from University of California in San Diego. Russell's first Off-Broadway play, Five on the Black Hand Side (originally titled Gladys) produced by American Place Theater. The stage play was made into a film, in 1973, and released by United Artists
 

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Wasn't sure if this was posted before or your knowledge of it.


I thinK I saw a scene or two back in the day.. but the first thing that popped in my head was this:


that said.. I can see what they were trying to do with that film.. same thing we need to do now.
- peace.
 

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