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Julie Dash Directs Gripping Episode of "Our Kind of People" on FOX

October 2021

Distinguished Professor in the Arts Julie Dash Julie Dash, MFA, Spelman's Diana King Endowed Professor in Film, is a faculty member in the Department of Art & Visual Culture and heralded for her landmark film, "Daughters of the Dust.  On Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. EST,  "The Miseducation of the Negro" episode (105) she directed for the powerful new drama "Our Kind of People," will air on FOX.

Dash, a pioneering and multi-award-winning filmmaker, joined the Spelman College  faculty in 2017 to help develop the new documentary filmmaking major and teach and mentor documentary film majors. The Library of Congress has placed Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust,” and more recently her short film "Illusions" in the National Film Registry. 

Born and raised in New York City Dash has toured nationally and internationally with her work, and she has received numerous awards since embarking on her film career. With the debut of “Daughters of the Dust” in January 1992, Dash became the first African American woman to have a full-length general theatrical release in the United States. “O” magazine included ‘Daughters” among it’s 50 Greatest Chick Flicks, and in 1999, the twenty-fifth Annual Newark Black Film Festival honored Dash and her film “Daughters of the Dust” as being one of the most important cinematic achievements in Black Cinema in the 20th century.

In  2007, Dash was named aUnited States Artists Fellow and she also received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Images of Black Women Film Festival in the UK. Her films join a select group of American films preserved as a National Treasure.


About Our Kind of People

Spelman's Julie Dash Directs Our Kind of PeopleAccording to the producers, " 'Our Kind of People' takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful Black elite have come to play for over 50 years.

Strong-willed single mom Angela Vaughn sets out to reclaim her family's name and make an impact with her revolutionary hair care line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of Black women, but she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother's past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever. The show is a thrilling exploration of race and class in America and an unapologetic celebration of Black resilience and achievement.

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