Chris Byrd frequently reviews books, films and TV shows for Catholic publications.

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Vital, challenging film tackles America's original sin

The documentary "Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America" is essential viewing, arriving at a crucial moment when too many deny racism happens. The film revolves around a lawyer's comprehensive talk on anti-Black racism.

Showtime documentary captures the brutality of 1971 Attica uprising

Movie Review: Much of "Attica's" power comes from the way its previously unseen archival footage puts you in the thick of the state's stunning, horrifying, devastating military-style assault upon the prisoners and the hostages.

Showtime's 'American Rust' might puzzle fans of the original novel

Showtime's "American Rust" is a slowly unfolding crime drama driven by strong characters and multiple points of view. It is set in the fictitious town of Buell in Southwest Pennsylvania, where the 1987 closure of the local steel mill looms large in the destiny of the community and its residents. 

Book Review

Despite its flaws, biography adds to our understanding of Malcolm X

Book review: Thirty years in the making, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X was a labor of love for investigative journalist Les Payne and his daughter Tamara, who finished the book after his death.