Watch Now: Black Surfer Feature Doc 'White Wash' Narrated By Ben Harper, Black Thought
by Tambay A. Obenson
January 27, 2014 10:52 AM
Narrated by Ben Harper and Tariq "Black Thought" of The Roots, the 75-minuted documentary film White Wash is available on DVD and other formats, including screening for FREE on Hulu, which I discovered over the weekend. I spend so much time on Netflix that
other streaming sites (like Hulu) are ignored. And while Hulu has its
pay service (Hulu+), the standard Hulu service is free, with commercials
of course. But, unlike Netflix, which charges you a monthly fee, Hulu
gives you two options - the pay service (more content, no ads), or the
free service (access to less content, and with ads).
White Wash is available under option number 2. So here's your chance to see a film we first alerted you 3 years ago.
In short, the film, directed by Ted Woods, explores
the history of rarely detailed surfing culture within the African
American community, told from the POV of black surfers from Hawaii,
Jamaica, Florida, and California, and includes archival footage and
conversations with professors, historians, authors, and of course
In essence, White Wash tackles the issue of race and “black consciousness” in America through the eyes and minds of black surfers.
surfing originated in Hawaii as part of Polynesian culture, Americans
adopted a blonde-haired, blue-eyed male surfer cliché that still
dominates the sport today. White Wash breaks all manifested barriers and
explores the role of black surfers by introducing audiences to the
likes of: Michael Green, Founder of Brooklyn Surfing; Rick Blocker,
Black Surf Historian & Founder of BlackSurfing.com; Sal Masekela, TV
Host, Sports Commentator, Actor & Singer; and Dr. Charles Ross,
Author of “Outside The Lines”, just to name a few. Featured guests
recount their personal journey, while discussing surf history, its
origin, and its evolution, all the while preserving the love of catching
that giant wave.
The entire film is embedded below, courtesy of Hulu, so check it out: