Films at the Schomburg: The Watermelon Woman

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March 15, 2017 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

watermelon-womanThe Watermelon Woman made its debut 30 years ago. Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye, it became the first feature film by a queer African-American woman. The lead character, played by Dunye, finds parallels between herself and 1930s actress Fae Richards, popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman,” a domestic servant stereotype or “Mammy” played by many black women in her time. The film explores the historical exclusion of black queer women working in Hollywood. Dunye will appear in conversation following the screening. Join us as we explore race, sexuality, history, and finding one’s identity in archival sources.

Cost: Free. Firs come, first seated. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registration via

RSVP.  All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. Guests, please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

Filed under: community activities, featured, must reads Tagged: African-American, Cheryl Dunye, Fae Richards, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Watermelon Woman, woman

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