Black Popular Culture

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The New Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 373 pages
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A Village Voice Best Book of the Year, Black Popular Culture includes "spirited debate among African American artists and cultural critics about issues from essentialism to sexuality" (Publishers Weekly). Discussions in Contemporary Culture is an award-winning series copublished with the Dia Center for the Arts in New York City. These volumes offer rich and timely discourses on a broad range of cultural issues and critical theory. The collection covers topics from urban planning to popular culture and literature, and continually attracts a wide and dedicated readership.
 

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Contents

What is this Black in Black Popular Culture? Stuart Hall
21
Nihilism in Black America Cornel West
37
Dialectically Down with the Critical Program bell hooks
48
The Documentary Impulse in Contemporary Valerie Smith
56
Jacqueline Bobo
65
The Black Mans Burden Henry Louis Gates
75
Discussion
85
Gender Sexuality and Black Irmages
93
Discussion
209
Black TextsBlack Contexts Tricia Rose
223
Thomas Allen Harris
234
Yet Another Few Thousand Words on the Death of Miles Davis and the Problem of the Black Male Genius
243
Arthur Jafa
249
Isaac Julien Notes on DeEssentializing Black Icientities
255
Discussion
264
Postnationalism and Essentialism
277

Unleash the Oueen Marlon T Riggs
99
The Body in Ouestion Lisa Kennedy
106
Romare Beardens Judith Wilson
112
Boyz N the Hood and Jungle Fever Michele Wallace
123
Houston A Baker
132
Discussion
139
John Jeffries
153
Black Community Sherley Anne Williams
164
Kofi Natambu
173
The Multicultural Wars Hazel W Carby
187
Popular Culture and the Economics Julianne Malveaux
200
Coco Fusco Another World Order
279
AfroKitsch Manthia Diawara
285
Race Identity and Political Culture Manning Marable
292
Its a Family Affair Paul Gilroy
303
Angela Y Davis The Sixties and the Nineties
317
Discussion
325
Why Are There No Great Michele Wallace Black Artists? The Problem of Visuality in AfricanAmerican Culture
333
Bibliography of Related Sources
347
Notes on Contributors
367
Photo Credits
373
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