One of the best assignments I’ve had in 2016 so far was from the The Root. It was a series of profiles of emerging African American filmmakers. I don’t know if it was in response to #oscarsowhite, but it functioned in a big way to light a candle rather than curse the (sic) darkness. The films ranged from exceptional to downright awesome. There was cutting edge creative thinking going on and fantastic short films. I did five of them are four have run so far. Here are the links to the stories; links to the films themselves are embedded in the interviews.
Ryan Isreal Porter on Hott Damned
Scott Evans on TroubleMan
Kaylon Hunt on The Brink
Eric Dean Seaton on Legend of the Mantamaji