White Lies, Black Sheep | Chicago Reader

White Lies, Black Sheep

In the documentary Afro-Punk (2003), James Spooner explored the alienation of black punks from their predominantly white milieu; here he rehashes the same themes in a drama clumsily framed as a faux doc. Trailed by a camera crew, an ace party promoter (Ayinde Howell) plies his trade on the Lower East Side. Like Stephen Colbert, he purports not to perceive skin color, but as the latent racism of his white hipster friends exacts a toll, his skinny white jeans and Green Day haircut begin to feel like badges of servitude. Viewers who don't gag on the film's cloying cocktail of emo wallowing and PC race politics may do so on its knuckleheaded sexism. 84 min.

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