Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic

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University of Virginia Press, 2010 - Literary Collections - 223 pages
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Exploring the interface between the cultural politics of the Black Power and the Black Arts movements and the production of postwar African American popular culture, Amy Ongiri shows how the reliance of Black politics on an oppositional image of African Americans was the formative moment in the construction of "authentic blackness" as a cultural identity. While other books have adopted either a literary approach to the language, poetry, and arts of these movements or a historical analysis of them, Ongiri's captures the cultural and political interconnections of the postwar period by using an interdisciplinary methodology drawn from cinema studies and music theory. She traces the emergence of this Black aesthetic from its origin in the Black Power movement's emphasis on the creation of visual icons and the Black Arts movement's celebration of urban vernacular culture.


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Bravo! Amy Ongiri extracts the important players in the Black Power Movement of the 60/70's and places them in their appropriate slots.


Cotton Comes to Harlem An Introduction
1 Black Is Beautiful Black Power Culture Visual Culture and the Black Panther Party
2 Radical Chic Affiliation Identification and the Black Panther Party
3 We Waitin on You Black Power Black Intellectuals and the Search to Define a Black Aesthetic
4 People Get Ready Music Revolutionary Nationalism and the Black Arts Movement
5 You Better Watch This Good Shit Black Spectatorship Black Masculinity and Blaxploitation Film
Conclusion Dick Gregory at the Playboy Club

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Amy Abugo Ongiri is Assistant Professor in the English Department and Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Florida.

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