Black Girl In Suburbia is a 55 minute feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities.
There are many girls out there who have stories to tell about struggle and triumph, but have never had an outlet to share. That’s why this film is so important!
Black Girl In Suburbia intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people. In hopes that these discussions will allow us to look at perceptions of ourselves, others and the community we live in as a whole.
“This film is a must see for all educators in Oregon. BGS offers great insight into the struggles our students of color face in classrooms and communities where few of their peers or teachers look like them. I am confident Lowery’s work will help spurthe conversations and personal growth necessary to improve our ability to reach and teach all students”
Oregon Center for Educational Equity
“This film is a must see for all people of all colors. Don’t let “Black Girl” in the title think it won’t interest or educate you”.
Tammy Boysen Wilhoite
“Black Girl in Suburbia is a very compelling documentary that will elicit feelings of happiness, anger and frustration. The documentary is a courageous look into the lived experiences of many young black women in our schools today. As an educator and with a daughter in high school I face these obstacles every day, where young ladies question their place in a suburban high school setting. Conversations regarding hair, body composition and dating are just a few topics of conversation when meeting with students. Black Girl In Suburbia is an important film that we look forward to sharing with our entire school community and following up with valuable discussion”.
Jesuit High School Diversity Director
“Black Girl in Suburbia was very eye opening for me in so many ways. If you would have asked if racism or being black was an issue while growing up, I would have said, “No, not really.” I grew up in suburbia and raised my daughter in suburbia. When I think of racism and issues facing black people, I think of extreme hate and outright conflict that you see on the news. That was never part of my life. BGS pulled back the rug to expose the things that had been swept underneath the “good life”. I realized that I did have some hurt and issues, but they were swept away because they seemed small compared to “real” issues. For example, dancing is the way I make a living. My daughter, who participated in the documentary, used to dance with me. It was fun and a chance for us to bond. She would even help me find music for my classes. It happened gradually, but I realized that I no longer had my dance partner. I never knew why, I just assumed she was interested in other things. While watching BGS the reason why she doesn’t dance was revealed. I broke down in tears. I was shocked that subtle, not extreme, comments could alter the course of your life. BGS is a must see for all people. This film will get you thinking and talking about race from a whole new perspective; from the black girl in suburbia”.
We have been so blessed to have had a great run so far with screening Black Girl In Suburbia in and around the Portland area! The intent for Black Girl In Suburbia to spark dialogue, has become a reality and even a MOVEMENT! Thank you to all BGS supporters and those that have hosted a screening! Let’s keep sharing and sparking dialogue!!
RECENT SCREENING UPDATES! We’ve got some great ones coming up, check it out below!
Spelman College March 21, 2015. (Open to Public) 2:30pm.
Cosby Academic Center.
Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activist Annual Conference
350 Spelman Ln SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Multnomah County JDH March 26, 2015.
Portland OR 97213
WestLinn School District Equity Team April 14, 2015
West Linn, Or 97062
Chemeketa Community College (Open to Public) April 16, 2015 5pm-7pm.
288 NE Norton Lane
Oregon Leadership Network Spring Institute 2015 April 21, 2015.
Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR 97301
Hillsboro School District Screening (Open to Public) April 23, 2015 Time TBA.
Brown Middle school
1505 SW Cornelius Pass Rd,
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Shute Park Library (Open to Public) May 2, 2015 2pm.
775 SE 10th Ave
Oregon Educator Preparation Programs event May 7, 2015
Portland, Or 97209
NW Natural Gas Diversity and Inclusion Council (Open to Public) May 21, 2015 4pm.
Register Here for tickets
220 Northwest 2nd Ave.
Portland Or 97209
Centennial High School (Open to Public) May 26, 2015 Auditorium 6pm.
3505 SE 182nd Ave
Gresham, OR 97030
Wilson High School. (Open to Public) May 29, 2015 6:30pm.
1151 SW Vermont St
Portland, OR 97219
Portland Public Schools Focus on Diversity, Film and Lecture series (Open to Public) June 4, 2015 4:30pm.
501 N Dixon St,
Portland, OR 97227
Human Solutions July 9, 2015 2pm.
12350 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97236
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HOSTING A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCREENING PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org FOR MORE INFORMATION AND HONORARIUM SCREENING FEES.
Stay tuned for more screening dates!
RECENT PRESS AND INTERVIEWS
The NPR program, The Story, interview that Melissa Lowery did with Dick Gordon! http://thestory.org/archive/The_Story_41112.mp3/view. The segment is the last 20-30 minutes of the program.