Film Person of the Year
by Michael Dunaway
In all of cinematic history, there’s never been a year for African-American cinema quite like 2013. The year opened with Ryan Coogler’s stunning Fruitvale Station breaking out at the Sundance Film Festival with a black director, a black star and a plot that revolves around the tragic killing of a young black man. It ended with Steve McQueen’s masterful 12 Years a Slave winning Best Film from AFI and the Gotham Awards, and looming large in most of the major Oscar races (including Best Picture). In between, there were black comedies (and not just by Tyler Perry), black musicals, black dramas and everything else...