Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert Was A Champion Of Black Film

Source:  Adam Howard / theGrio

Roger Ebert, twho is survived by his African-American wife, Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, was a champion of black filmmakers and cinema.

For instance, Ebert was an early and vocal supporter of director Spike Lee’s. He would name Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X the top films of the year in 1989 and 1992 respectively.

Ebert was particularly fond of Malcolm X, which he named the ninth-greatest film of 1990s.

He also recognized Denzel Washington’s A-list star potential before it was widely accepted. In 1989, he placed a little-known thriller called The Mighty Quinn on his 10 best list and predicted big things for its star.

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