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Documentary filmmaker speaking as a part of GRCC’S Diversity Lecture Series

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Headshot of Trimiko Melancon (Photo Courtesy of ODEI)

By Angelina Jahn

Trimiko Melancon will be speaking about her 2020 film “What Do You Have To Lose? Unpacking America’s political landscape” as a part of the GRCC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Diversity Lecture Series Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.

The title of the film is a reference to former President Donald Trump asking black voters that very question during his initial campaign for presidency back in 2016. 

“What Do You Have To Lose? Unpacking America’s political landscape” was submitted to the Indie 2020 Memphis Film Festival, and focuses on racial politics in America. Beginning with the public reaction to the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the film goes on to explore the effect of the Trump presidency, the death of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. It also touches upon the history of race relations in America, and where our society is today.

Melancon is a professor of English, African American Studies and women’s studies at Loyola University in New Orleans. She is the author of “Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation” which examines black women’s literary and cultural contributions in the 1970s and ‘80s, the black female identity, the representation of black women, and desire and sexuality as a black woman.

To RSVP to Melancon’s talk, visit eventbrite to get your tickets, free of charge. Upon reservation, you will receive a link to Melancon’s film. To see the full lineup for ODEI’s diversity lectures, click here.

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