In Memoriam 1942 – 2013 “Roger Ebert loved movies.”

RogerEbert.com

Thumb_sin_city_a_dame_to_kill_for_ver13

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" doesn't have the electricity of the original, mainly because we've already seen it. Nothing more is really revealed…

Thumb_pqlny7o714q2rle1gszmorzzjue

To Be Takei

“To Be Takei” is a conventional documentary that has a surprising emotional heft. A fun, informative exploration of the life of actor, activist and Trekkie…

Other Reviews
Review Archives
Thumb_xbepftvyieurxopaxyzgtgtkwgw

Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

Thumb_jrluxpegcv11ostmz1fqha1bkxq

Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

Other Reviews
Great Movie Archives
Other Articles
Chaz's Blog Archives
Other Articles
Channel Archives
Primary_group

RogerEbert.com partners with Chicago Urban League to mentor young critics during Black History Month

During Black History Month, we are proud to partner with the Chicago Urban League and Columbia College's youth journalism program Columbia Links to mentor high school students with aspirations to be film critics. Each week this month, the students from Chicago area high schools are invited to screenings of films about the diverse life experiences of African American teens, encompassing everything from educational aspirations to attitudes and biases about skin color outside of and within the Black American culture. They are then encouraged to write reviews. Brenda Butler, the executive director of the Columbia Links program and a former features editor at the Chicago Tribune, works with the students selected from Columbia Links and from the Chicago Urban League to develop their review-writing skills. Then we at RogerEbert.com give the writers additional editing feedback before publishing their work on our site.

Chaz Ebert sees fostering diversity in the critical community as an essential mission. "I would like to see the development of more writers who can express a diverse world view, and I am happy that RogerEbert.com is partnering with the Urban League to encourage it. I am especially pleased that the young people the films are intended to inspire will have an opportunity to review them and have their opinions heard."

Chicago Urban League President and CEO Andrea L. Zopp agrees. "We want young people to think critically about how African Americans are portrayed in films and to discuss in an open forum their social impact and importance," said Zopp. "Roger Ebert had a lot of fans in the African American community, and he supported Black cinema early and often. I'm delighted that Chaz Ebert reached out to us to share his enduring legacy with a new generation of film critics."

For the next four Mondays, you'll find reviews by these young journalists. They'll be writing about "American Promise", "The Central Park Five", "Dark Girls" and "Chi Raq". We're proud to present their work to you.

Popular Blog Posts

Different rules apply

White privilege, lived.

Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...

Ferguson, Missouri: Third World America vs. Atlas Shrugged

An FFC looks at the horrible situation in Ferguson, MO and what it says about where we are and where we're going.

Retrieving the Grail: Robin Williams and "The Fisher King"

An examination and appreciation of one of Robin Williams' greatest films, "The Fisher King."

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus