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June / July 1994

Marlon Riggs, 37

Marlon Riggs, a filmmaker who won Emmy and Peabody awards for his documentaries died of AIDS on April 5. The graphic content of Tongues Untied, his autobiographical 1989 film about black gay sexuality, caused an uproar when it was scheduled to appear on public television. PBS affiliates in several parts of the country refused to air Riggs' work and conservatives objected because the film had received a $5,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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robin bullard, Atlanta, 2008-04-06 11:43:01
I think Mr.Riggs should have been allowed to have his movie seen by the public. The only reason it was not allowed to be on t.v is because the contents of the movie contained images of the gay lifestyle. This is totally unfair because other movies with similar sexual content will go on t.v.

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