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Everyday Black Matter

Back from remixing the DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR RVA (Richmond VA) archives, this film spins a fresh story about Black joy as practice motivating audiences to lean into dreams of Black cultural production rooted in pleasure, self-love, and nuanced identities that defy containment.

  • Dr. Chaz Barracks
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 11 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • ABFF (American Black Film Festival)
    November 18, 2021
    Viewers Choice Award
Director Biography - Dr. Chaz Barracks

Chaz (he/him/they/them) is a Black queer femme cultural critic, filmmaker, podcast host, and scholar in residence at University of Richmond. He is based in Richmond, Virginia. Born in Connecticut, he was raised with strong Jamaican cultural upbringings and flamboyant, always over-the-top aesthetics. Chaz’s everyday Black Matter consists of a deep love of travel, both far and near, and being in community and collaboration with fellow creatives on ways to make education more accessible and representative of reality pedagogy, everyday life. As someone who works at the crossroad between education and nonprofit institutions, Chaz’s intellectual ambition is to always find ways to challenge and be challenged to express who we are, uninhibited by the oppressive forces of power and privilege that seek to dictate how Black/queer people show up as ourselves.

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