About American Fiction (15)

Cord Jefferson's hilarious directorial debut confronts our culture's obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who's fed up with the establishment profiting from "Black" entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write his own outlandish "Black" book--that propels him into the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.


The photo Monk stares at in the stairway is from Doctors Kenneth and Mamie Clark's study "The Doll Test"; which was used in the Supreme Court case "Brown v. Board of Education" which ended school segregation. The photo was taken by Gordon Parks, one of the twentieth century's most celebrated photographers and one of the first Black photojournalists to be hired by predominantly white publications like Life Magazine and Glamour.

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