Photo by Justice Namaste, the first person Maya told about her ‘wild idea’ to create a Black film website. June 2020.
Black Film Archive is a resource Maya has been hoping to discover for as long as she can remember. In June 2020, she decided to start building it herself. Every word on Black Film Archive is thoroughly researched and lovingly written by her.
Maya S. Cade is the creator and curator of Black Film Archive, a living register of Black films from 1915 to 1979 that Slate.com likens to being the definitive history of Black cinema. Her work has been featured in the LA Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, Vulture, Roger Ebert, and numerous other publications. She has been awarded special distinctions by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. Maya has presented on Black film worldwide. Originally hailing from New Orleans, Maya is currently the audience strategist at the Criterion Collection, the Fall 2021 research fellow at the Black Film Center / Archive, and based in Brooklyn. She is an alumna of Howard University, where she studied and won awards for journalism.
Black Film Archive would not be possible without Floreo Labs (Kheperah Ray, thank you!), Julia Craven (copyediting), Andrew Chan (copyediting), Travis Brown (video and ongoing design), Stacie Williams, and Yasmina Price.
Special thanks to Christina Tucker, Hillary Weston, Miriam Bale, Ashley Clark, Zandashé Brown, Stephanye Watts, Penelope Bartlett, Michael Lieberman, Bob Clewell, Jourdain Searles, Carlos Valladares, Elizabeth Adetiba, Melvin Cade Jr., Sasha Cade, Justice Namaste, Carina del Valle Schorske, Dasjon Jordan, Ryan Clarke, Marc Rivers, Merrill Sterritt, Robert Daniels, Joi Childs, Cynthia Francillon, Ignacio Montalvo, and all that spoke this into being. Thank you.