When Black Critics Examine Black Art

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Daniel Kaluuya as Slim, left, and Jodie Turner-Smith as Queen from the film Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas.

Image courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Although the controversy surrounding what some believe was a too harsh an assessment of the 2019 film Queen & Slim has blown over, the debate remains relevant. Moderated by Tanzina Vega, this episode of The Takeaway, a podcast hosted by WNYC Studios, explores how audiences and critics engage with Black artists and their cultural productions within the context of limited representation in mainstream spaces. Vega sat down with Queen & Slim writers, Angelica Jade Bastién and Clarkisha Kent, to discuss the backlash some Black critics faced for their assessment of the film.

“I think there’s this fear of scarcity when it comes to Black art, that if we don’t support everything that comes out that we’ll never see anything else.” - Angelica Jade Bastién