Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman most dramatically reveals how race is a performance, not a biological essence, as it focuses on the importance of language in structuring racial representations.
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" has been embedded in black America's DNA for more than 100 years. We've sung it every February ever since Black History Month was a thing, and every December since Kwanzaa was a thing.
Civil Rights Document, 'A More Beautiful and Terrible History', Is Revelatory, Sobering and Relevant
Theoharis's work is deeply (and sadly) relevant to our current condition. Many of the same issues Theoharis decries -- media inattention, liberal passivity on racial justice issues, government harassment of activists -- are still in play.
Separate and Unequal provides a riveting account of a crucial moment in US history. It offers a penetrating insight into the manner in which good intentions and just causes necessarily confront the mechanisms of governmental bureaucracy.
There's really nothing quite like this in other collections of "primitive" art, or even in the grand narrative painting from the European tradition.
A classic Parliament track inspires a new look at how black Americans moved, made connections, and created a nation-within-a-nation.
No matter where you are on the wokeness spectrum, the Black Power era has yet to stop informing.