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The Watermelon Woman: A Retrospective Look at Black Issues

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Perhaps this is the most relevant discourse for black audiences today who may feel distrustful towards white media for under and misrepresenting them, but also overwhelmed by the pressures and stereotypes of what it means to be black. Just as Cheryl found a role model in Fae, perhaps people of color can also find a role model in Cheryl. There is a lesson to be taken in her fun, cheeky, open-heartedness and the way in which she learns that ownership and identity is not just a matter of birth but also a case of discovering oneself and enjoying the process.

Christabel Samuel on the relevance of the 20 year old black movie The Watermelon Woman for black audiences today.

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Othello De’Souza-Hartley

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“My main sources of inspiration have come firstly from paintings. I admire painters like Rembrandt. Caravaggio and Jean-Michel Basquiat are my favourites. I am attracted to Caravaggio’s use of light and mood in some of his paintings. His paintings are very dramatic and therefore I like to take influence from his work.”

Christabel Samuel interviews Othello De’Souza-Hartley.
The Masculinity Project.

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