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I Was Black Once

Updated: Jan 4, 2019

by Willie E. Jones III

directed by Aldo Billingslea.


An investigation of Black male identity in the 21st century, I Was Black Once by Willie Jones III explores how archetypes are assigned at first glance and what the effects might be on the life of an individual.

The title comes from a quote by the boxing champion Larry Holmes: 

It’s hard being black. You ever been black? I was black once - when I was poor.”  - Larry Holmes

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