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5 Questions with Nefertite Nguvu

Filmmaker Explains Why Black History Is American History

This February, filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu and others are working with AT&T to tell lesser-known but fascinating stories from Black history. It’s all part of AT&T 28 Days History by Us — Black history told by those making it.

 

We sat down with the filmmaker to find out how she celebrates Black history and uses her art to change the future.

 

1. Why is celebrating Black history important today?

 

Black History Month gives us the opportunity as a nation to collectively celebrate the heroes and heroines who’ve contributed great things to our society, who unfortunately don’t always get the recognition due. I celebrate my history, culture and the change-makers of yesterday and today all year round, as we all should. Black history is American history.

 

“I celebrate my history, culture and the change-makers of yesterday and today all year round, as we all should. Black history is American history.” — @NefertiteNguvu

2. In today’s era of social media, how important is it for influencers to use their platforms to champion Black history? 

 

I think it’s important for influencers to not only champion Black history for context, but to also champion Black futures by using their influence to help create a more just society for us sharing the world today.

 

3. Name the most important qualities someone needs to have in order to make Black history:

 

Determination, discipline, resilience and a rebellious spirit.

 

4. What will your “History by Us” story be 100 years from now?

 

I’d hope that my “History by Us” story is one that illustrates how I’ve used my art to help shift both the perception and reality of what it means to be Black in America.

 

5. How would you characterize Black History Month in one word?

 

American.

 

*Responses edited with permission for clarity and length.

 

Watch Nefertite Nguvu tell the story of Charles Burnett here.

 

Check out other “History by Me” profiles:

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