1130 Wealthy St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Business in the black and The Great Detroit coming to Grand Rapids
Tickets $10 Each or $18 for a double-feature
Business in the Black is a documentary with three important segments. First, the film asks: How did slaves go to college? Here, the film explores the ways in which African Americans sought higher education, what qualifications were necessary to be accepted to college, and which colleges allowed African Americans to attend school. Second, the film explores the ways in which racists sought to destroy black business districts across the country. Specifically, the film looks at how African American businesses were impacted by race riots, bombings, and government action. Finally, Business in the Black takes a look at the rise of black business in America. The third segment does the important work of naming black millionaires in the 1800s, exploring the growth of black business districts, and discussing African American individuals who became entrepreneurs or fostered the growth of business communities. The film also includes interviews with individuals whose families owned businesses in the early 1900s.
The Great Detroit starts with how and why Detroit was founded and ends with the plans for a brighter future. 55 interviewees tell the whole story.
Director: Anthony Brogdon (@Astrongdream). A Detroit, Michigan native and filmmaker. Brogdon founded Strong Productions in 2011. His production company has produced numerous films, including Play Foot Soldiers (2012) and The Great Detroit (2014). His films have been screened in various cities across the country, including New York and Los Angeles. Prior to founding Strong Productions, Brogdon was the President of Multi-Business Concepts from 1989-2011, a distributor of promotional merchandise. Brogdon holds a B.S. in Accounting from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. His latest film, Business in the Black,premiered on Wednesday, May 31st at the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit and continues to screen in cities across the country including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Cincinnati, and New Orleans.