‘Moonlight’ and Research Paper Topics in Ethnic Groups

Based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film, Moonlight, dramatically illustrates the reality of being a Black male in white America. This is the second film from director Barry Jenkins and his first in eight years. So far, the film has garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

McCraney drew heavily from his own life and traumatic childhood when creating his characters. Students, especially those focusing on culture and ethnic studies will find the film touching and informative.


In his October 20, 2016, article for NYTimes.com, “’Moonlight’: Is This the Year’s Best Movie?” A.O. Scott described the Barry Jenkins film in poetic terms. Scott explained how the film is divided into three “stanzas” that depict the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of the main character, Chiron.

“Every moment is infused with what the poet Hart Crane called ‘infinite consanguinity,’ the mysterious bond that links us with one another and that only an alert and sensitive artistic imagination can make visible,” Scott said.

According to Scott, the film is a faithful adaptation of the play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney. A graduate from the New World School of the Arts High School, the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, and the Yale School of Drama, McCraney is the recipient of the prestigious Whiting Award and the Steinberg Playwright Award.

Black in America

In a July 7, 2016, post for TeenVogue.com, “What It Feels Like to Be a Black Man in America Right Now,” Social Media Director Terron Moore spoke out about recent killings of Black men in the news.

As a Black man himself, Moore spoke eloquently about the emotional impact of the unfolding violence against Black men. The past few years have been filled with what seems to be a bombardment of deaths including: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile. None of these men were armed at the time of his death.

“And unless you are black yourself, there is no proper way for you to understand what it is like to see yourself murdered over and over again — at the supermarket, at the park, on your way to see a loved one. And each death delivers a message, an exploding truth: this is how America sees you,” Moore said.

Research issues in culture ethnic groups

Questia houses an extensive library of scholarly resources on thousands of subjects, including Cultures and Ethnic Groups.

An example of the caliber of resources at Questia is the book, Young, Black, and Male in America: An Endangered Species, by Jewelle Taylor Gibbs; Ann F. Brunswick et al.

This comprehensive volume provides in-depth analyses of the deteriorating status of black youth, particularly black males. Experts from a variety of professions examine the implications and interrelations of the multiple problems facing black youth and propose a comprehensive set of policies and programs that address those problems. They consider such important economic, sociocultural, and political issues as unemployment, teenage pregnancy, crime and delinquency, substance abuse, and the conservative backlash against civil rights and social welfare programs.

“Thus, use of the term ‘underclass‘ should not obscure the facts that poor blacks, and especially young black males, are particularly vulnerable to the vicissitudes of persistent poverty, particularly exposed to public agencies which monitor their activities, particularly at risk for arrest and imprisonment, and particularly powerless to challenge the legal system or to reverse the negative consequences of conviction and incarceration in the juvenile or criminal justice system,” the authors said.

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