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Rashayla Marie Brown's 'Reality Is Not Good Enough' (2021): Screening and Conversation (In-person)

Saturday, September 17, 6pm

Join us for the screening of Rashayla Marie Brown’s newest film Reality Is Not Good Enough, a moving tribute to Black women who dream of being reality TV stars, no matter how exploited they might become. This comedy-drama experimental short remixes never-before-seen documentary footage of a failed WeTV pilot featuring the director's mother, a biracial adoptee from a Trumpmaniac family. The director's sisters and nieces humorously flip stereotypes and tragic devices of unscripted TV with surprising dexterity, citing Josephine Baker to Oprah Winfrey. Set to a masterful jazz score by Tomeka Reid, Reality is Not Good Enough shows Black women with power behind the camera as much as they are in front of it.

Following the screening, the artist will be in conversation with her mother, sisters, and nieces: Ann-Marie Hammond, Abrina Marie Matthews, Angell Marie Brown, Bailey Marie Brown, and Parker Marie Williams.

This program is planned in conjunction with A Natural Turn: María Berrío, Joiri Minaya, Rosana Paulino and Kelly Sinnapah Mary, curated by Ionit Behar, PhD. Sponsored by DePaul’s Center for Black Diaspora and Department of History of Art and Architecture.

Image credit: Rashayla Marie Brown, Reality Is Not Good Enough, 2021. Film poster. Courtesy of the artist