Alike is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur and younger sister Sharonda in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura, Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents' marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike's development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague's daughter, Bina, Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity - sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.
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The screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Whitney Peoples.
Dr. Peoples is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies in the Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies at Texas Woman's University. Dr. Whitney Peoples earned a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Emory University. With fifteen years experience in feminist and critical race research, activism, and teaching, Dr. Peoples has spoken and written on the intersections of race, gender, health, and popular culture. She has published critical essays on topics including hip-hop feminism, advertising for oral contraceptives, and representations of women in African American film.