Black Lives / Black Lungs


African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council presents the SF Bay Area Premiere of

Black Lives/Black Lungs Documentary with Filmmaker Lincoln Mondy

Hard Hitting Film Documenting the Tobacco's Industry
Racial Profiling and Infiltration of the Black Community

Friday, Nov. 10th -  OAKLAND, 6pm, The New Parkway, 474 24th Street

Saturday, Nov. 11th - SF, 2pm, African American Art & Cultural Center, 762 Fulton Street

M E D I A   R E L E A S E
November 10th & 11th | Oakland & San Francisco
Hard Hitting Film Documenting the Tobacco's Industry
Racial Profiling and Infiltration of the Black Community

Oakland, CA -- The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) is proud to bring filmmaker Lincoln Mondy and his Truth Initiative documentary entitled "Black Lives/Black Lungs" to the San Francisco Bay Area for a weekend of free screenings and panel discussions, November, 10th-12th, 2017.

Both screenings will be followed by a Q & A session with Lincoln Mondy and then a lively panel discussion with nationally recognized tobacco control experts.  Admission is free. and open to the public. Advance registration is required.
As cities across America, and, more importantly, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley move to enact legislation to restrict the sale of menthol (Newports) and all flavored tobacco products, this timely film provides historical context about how the tobacco industries systematically profiled and then infiltrated the Black community. Prominently featured in the film are experts from the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council. The film includes rare footage of the "free menthol cigarette" giveaways that blanketed Black inner cities across this country.
The free product giveaways coupled with aggressive Black media campaigns and the cooptation of Black cultural events quadrupled African American use of mentholated cigarettes and became the biggest drivers of the present day tobacco death toll of 45,000 Black lives each year.
Mondy's powerful film screenings will be shown in Oakland on Friday, November 10th at 6pm at the New Parkway Theater and on Saturday, November 11th at 2:00pm in San Francisco at the African American Art and Cultural Complex.

Oakland Showing :  Friday, November 10th, 6:00pm
The New Parkway, 474 24th Street, Oakland
Advance Registration - click here.

San Francisco Showing :  Saturday, November 11th, 2:00pm

African American Art and Cultural Center, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
Advance Registration - click here.
Media interviews available with Lincoln Mondy. Please email cmcgruder@usa.net with "media request" in the subject line. For more information, visit www.savingblacklives.org.


ABOUT LINCOLN MONDY ... Mondy is the creator of Black Lives / Black Lungs, a short film investigating the tobacco industry’s infiltration into the black community. Mondy created the documentary to raise awareness and prompt critical questions about activism, public health, and the worth of the black body in the United States of America. The short film was featured by Colorlines, Huffington PostNewsyBlavity, and other media outlets under my direction.

Lincoln Mondy is part of BerlinRosen's national issue advocacy team based in Washington, DC and supports clients on a range of issues including criminal justice, reproductive health access, public health, and comprehensive sex education.

With a background in communications and politics, Lincoln is passionate about utilizing communications to amplify the voices of commonly excluded groups of people and helping cultivate stories that educate, inspire and mobilize. Learn more about Lincoln Mondy.