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The Class of 1989
The Class of 1989
The Micheaux Mission / The Podglomerate

In the 1980s, there were only 63 Black films by, for, or about Black Americans. But in the 1990s, that number quadrupled,... more

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Episodes

Making Jordan Peele, from WBEZ's podcast Making

A special treat for Class of 1989 listeners, a consideration on one of today's most important Black creators, from WBEZ's... more

25 May 2023 · 40 minutes
The Class of '89 Reunion

A final examination of ‘where-are-we-now” in the lives of our six films as we reveal the lessons learned by our... more

17 Apr 2023 · 35 minutes
After '89

We look at the after-effects of the films of 1989. Eddie Murphy pivots to Black audiences as the major studios... more

10 Apr 2023 · 34 minutes
Oh, Oscar

The Oscar race for 1989 is still remarked upon for Spike Lee's and Do The Right Thing's disregard for best... more

03 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Commercial Race Theatre

In our class, the big studio movies of 1989 are Glory and Driving Miss Daisy, which look at Black history,... more

27 Mar 2023 · 39 minutes
Eddie and Spike - Brooklyn Be Brooklyn

In 1989, Hollywood money magnet Eddie Murphy and indie film upstart Spike Lee both directed films that left their marks... more

20 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
Ladies First and Last

1989 was not the year of the Black woman in film. The Color Purple was one of the few feature... more

13 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
The Class of '89 Syllabus

Vincent Williams and Len Webb of the Micheaux Mission premiere their new series with a brief introduction to the six... more

06 Mar 2023 · 12 minutes
Introducing The Class of 1989

In the 1980s, there were only 63 Black films by, for, or about Black Americans. But in the 1990s, that... more

24 Jan 2023 · 2 minutes
The Class of 1989
Making Jordan Peele, from WBEZ's podcast Making
The Class of 1989