Jada Pinkett as Jeryline in Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

Synopsis: A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector.

Written by Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, and Mark Bishop

Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson


“Brothers and sisters, I am here to tell you that I charge the white man. I charge the white man with being the greatest murderer on earth. I charge the white man with being the greatest kidnapper on earth. There is no place in this world that this man can go and say he created peace and harmony. Everywhere he’s gone, he’s created havoc. Everywhere he’s gone, he’s created destruction.”

Malcolm X (1992, Spike Lee)

cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson
Bradford Young Breaks Color Barrier With Oscar Nomination for ‘Arrival’
Ending an 87-year drought, the Academy finally nominated its first African-American cinematographer, Bradford Young, for his dark, richly textured work on Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction hit “Arrival.”
By Scott Tobias

Do you think there are specific obstacles for African-Americans in cinematography?

“Yeah. I just think that our work goes massively overlooked because most of our work doesn’t adhere to conventional photographic technique and knowledge. And so our frames that have deep, rich intention generally are considered “underexposed” or “technically insufficient.”

You take someone like Ernest Dickerson. It’s a crime that he wasn’t nominated for a film like “Malcolm X,” or Arthur Jafa wasn’t nominated for a film like “Daughters of the Dust,” or Malik Sayeed wasn’t nominated for a film like “Clockers.” Twenty years later, you find a new generation of filmmakers who are using those films as referential landscapes. Some of the work that’s nominated this year, “Clockers” was a big reference for those films. I think the downside is that it took our country seven generations to recognize what black technicians and black cinematographers bring to the table.

It’s sort of shameful that we can’t celebrate in our moment. I think it takes a real decolonizing of the mind. We have to decolonize the conventional knowledge to the point where works by a cinematographer of color, work that is directed by directors of color, material that is written by people of color—when those things come together, you see great work. But I think it’s going to take some time for us to be in a place where [black] technicians are recognized for what they bring to the table. Especially cinematographers, who, in general, I think consider themselves artists.”


Writer/Director Ernest Dickerson recounts the story of how Tupac Shakur was cast as one of the leads in Juice.

This guy, Ernest R Dickerson, should direct Black Panther. 1) For Obvious reasons people want to see a non-white director helm the film, and I’m all for that. 2) He’s directed multiple episodes of The Walking Dead, so he knows how to direct a big cast, and deal with comic book origins 3) He’s directed multiple episodes of The Wire so he can also do human drama 4) Marvel has a great track record with people known for television (Russo Brothers, Alan Taylor, Joss Whedon) 5) He trained under Spike Lee, and was the DP for Do The Right Thing and most of all has worked with Sam Jackson before on Juice, and could probably strong arm Michael K Williams into being in it.