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Bakari Sellers | Film Awards Season

A crowd protests at J.C. Nichols Fountain on May 30, 2020.
Carlos Moreno
In the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, Bakari Sellers gauges what progress has been made in race relations and social justice in America.

CNN political commentator Bakari talks about race, Trump and the January 6 insurrection, and the Film Critics look at contenders for the movie industry's top prizes.

Segment 1, beginning at 00:36: On whether America will seize this moment in history to progress in race relations after the death of George Floyd, Bakari Sellers reminds us,"We've missed moments like this before."

At age 22 Sellers became the youngest African American elected official in the country when he was voted into South Carolina's House of Representatives. Now an attorney and political commentator for CNN, Bakari Sellers spoke of the need to break the cycle of inherited trauma that many Black people live with.

Segment 2, beginning 27:41: A number of independent films are creating awards buzz with the Golden Globes just around the corner.

It has been a tough year for the movie industry. The coronavirus shut down filming and and postponed release dates. Nevertheless, some films made it into theaters when they reopened while others went to streaming services. The critics looked at five independent films to see which are award worthy: "Nomadland," "Promising Young Woman," "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" and "Sound of Metal."

  • Cynthia Haines, former associate professor of film studies at the University of Texas - El Paso
  • Steve Walker, film reviewer
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