“Chi-Raq” and Black Movement: A Film Discussion

Tea Talk: February 28, 2016, 2 to 4 pm, Discover Portsmouth

Panelists: Joe Onosko (UNH), Delia Konzett (UNH), Courtney Marshall (UNH) and Alexander Loughran-Lamothe (Black Lives Matter)

Chi RaqChi-Raq, a satirical musical drama by Spike Lee, will serve as the backdrop for a dialogue on current social justice issues and movements in our region. Lee’s film touches on the gang violence prevalent in some neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago. The film is based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, a Classical Greek comedy play in which various women withhold physical affection from their husbands as punishment for fighting in war.

“Chi-Raq is as urgently topical and satisfyingly ambitious as it is wildly uneven – and it contains some of Spike Lee’s smartest, sharpest, and all-around entertaining late-period work.” Rotten Tomatoes

“Blunt, didactic and stronger on conceptual audacity than dramatic coherence, this is still the most vital, lived-in work in some time from a filmmaker who has never shied away from speaking his mind or irritating his ideological foes, as he seems destined to do again with this attention-grabbing feature.”

This event is free and open to the public.


This tea talk is part of the Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks: A series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture.

These Sunday afternoon “Tea Talks” are participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture, presented by the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail in collaboration with the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, from February 7 through March 13, 2016, at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Please call 603-436-8433 or email JerriAnne Boggis for more information.