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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 12:30 PM
Feb comin up. Some great books, movies, music out there on the American black culture - any you have come across that you would especially recommend?

Landmarks for me:

Native Son - Richard Wright (all time best black novel/writer imo, reads like Dostoyevsky, every bit as tense and chilling as Crime and Punishment)

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

Soul On Ice - Eldridge Cleaver

A real eye-opener that was chockful of info I was totally unaware of, great book by Helene Lee - The First Rasta: Leonard Howell and the Rise of Rastafarianism

Just recently - White Rage - Carol Anderson, Ph.D - Stunning. Openly ashamed to admit I used to presume to entertain any dialogue at all on post Civil War black history before I read this, as I knew zero and worse, thought I knew anything.


btw - Porgy and Bess this weekend Feb 1, 5, 8 from the Met. at Fathom Events maybe a theater near you, should be excellent, Angel Blue supposed to be a knockout Bess, worth a post in Anything Goes:

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/met1920-porgy-and-bess


















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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 12:46 PM
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Feb comin up.


Mr. Rabbit, I know you like to move things along & encourage all kinds of topics which are appreciated, but could we please wait for Feb to actually arrive before we get into it? I mean amazon has same day delivery if we absolutely positively have to have a book or DVD on Feb. 1.

I'm still recovering from Christmas that started before Halloween in October which is Breast Cancer Awareness & LGBT History month. Feb is also American Heart month when we will all be bombarded by the dangers of being born into a family w/a history of heart disease. We're still in Human Trafficking Prevention month.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 12:48 PM
Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin - 1961, made into a movie 3 years later
Another very good 1964 film, Nothing But A Man

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 12:58 PM
true cyclone, I jumped the gun, but mainly wanted to get the word out on Porgy and Bess this coming Saturday - also my mind is like a sieve - gotta nail stuff down when I think of it. Sorry to detract from National Tshirt Day or whatever. I actually think Black History Month is pretty cool, not just another ThisOrThat Day or Month.

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Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin - 1961


Now that was a surreal one. Practically cultural suicide back then. Crazy book. Thanks for the reminder, had forgotten that one.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 01:15 PM
"The Watermelon Man"...1970

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 01:36 PM
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"The Watermelon Man"...1970


Never seen this one - iconic title. Thanks it is on my radar now. I can say I know and enjoy this singular track by Herbie Hancock of the same name, anyone hasnt heard Headhunters, man time to join the living:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4bjPlBC4h_8

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 03:49 PM
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true cyclone, I jumped the gun, but mainly wanted to get the word out on Porgy and Bess this coming Saturday - also my mind is like a sieve - gotta nail stuff down when I think of it. Sorry to detract from National Tshirt Day or whatever. I actually think Black History Month is pretty cool, not just another ThisOrThat Day or Month.


Porgy & Bess was great when I saw it at the met in the fall & I highly recommend that everyone - even those who profess not to like/know anything about/or hate opera - see the HD version at movie theatres. I'm not opposed to named months (the ones I mentioned are serious topics), but I have a pet peeve about always being months ahead in the calendar. I discovered Valentine's Day products at the grocery the day after Christmas a few years ago. I need a minute.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 05:24 PM
A real eye-opener that was chockful of info I was totally unaware of, great book by Helene Lee - The First Rasta: Leonard Howell and the Rise of Rastafarian

Thank You, Jah Rastafari !

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 05:44 PM
@playallnight - seriously if you have an interest in Rastafarianism and how that got going - this book The First Rasta is a goldmine, leads to some beginnings you would least expect, to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, Marcus Garvey, intriguing.
 

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Porgy and Bess this weekend Feb 1, 5, 8 from the Met. at Fathom Events maybe a theater near you, should be excellent, Angel Blue supposed to be a knockout Bess, worth a post in Anything Goes:

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/met1920-porgy-and-bess




 

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  posted on 2/1/2020 at 11:13 AM
Looks like I cant go to the live broadcast of Porgy and Bess today - will try to catch one of the followups Feb 5, 8
 

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  posted on 2/6/2020 at 12:25 AM
I'm trying to find some cd's I burned a looong time ago of the Ham&Egg Review held annually at Ft. Valley State College. A lot of the old Blues masters made appearances and many soul singers of the late 50's through the 60's recorded some of the music played there.

Movies: Anything with Sidney Poitier with "Lillies Of The Field" being a good one.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2020 at 09:17 AM
Good call, A Patch of Blue, and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner might be 2 other Sidney Poitier films

 

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  posted on 2/6/2020 at 10:38 AM
“How to be an Antiracist” By Ibram X. Kendi.
Interesting take from an interesting writer.

I also finally reclaimed my copy of “White Rage”, thank you for reminding me about that title.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/02/708821115/this-is-for-the-undefeated-a-new-picture-book-celebrates-black-brilliance " target=_blank> https://www.npr.org/2019/04/02/708821115/this-is-for-the-undefeated-a-new-p icture-book-celebrates-black-brilliance

This book just received an award for from the American Library Association . Should be required reading at every elementary school, Black History month or not.
Very good illustrations from what I’ve seen.

 

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  posted on 2/7/2020 at 10:19 AM
I read a book in high school about how dominant tribes in Africa brought captives from the inland regions and traded them to the slavers who were shipping them off elsewhere. Seems the indigenous were exploiting their own for power and profit way back then seems only a certain face gets the credit for that atrocity.

 

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I read a book in high school about how dominant tribes in Africa brought captives from the inland regions and traded them to the slavers who were shipping them off elsewhere. Seems the indigenous were exploiting their own for power and profit way back then seems only a certain face gets the credit for that atrocity.


It would have taken armies of whites to invade and round up Africans. Certainly more than a few scarred old slavers. Anyway Africans capturing and selling people is the standard beginning of any book or movie about the subject since "Roots".






 

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  posted on 2/7/2020 at 10:55 AM
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Seems the indigenous were exploiting their own for power and profit way back then seems only a certain face gets the credit for that atrocity.


if you read it in high school, and if it’s been in movies, then it’s out there. don’t fret.

 

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I read a book in high school about how dominant tribes in Africa brought captives from the inland regions and traded them to the slavers who were shipping them off elsewhere. Seems the indigenous were exploiting their own for power and profit way back then seems only a certain face gets the credit for that atrocity.



Thanks for sharing the title....

Back to the actual topic,
In music, I am on a serious Mingus kick right now, one can never go wrong with his music, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat is the gold standard of jazz tunes to me.
Also one can never ever go wrong with Sun Ra. Anyone who has not seen Space is the Place is missing out on a classic piece of African American culture.

 

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  posted on 2/7/2020 at 01:45 PM
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don’t fret.


Wasn't
Just sharing some black history

 

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  posted on 2/7/2020 at 01:54 PM
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Thanks for sharing the title....

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If it was something I remembered, you'd a gotten the title. Still does 't change the fact of the matter. It was something I researched on my own aside from the B/S history taught by the public school system in California during the late 70's.

 

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  posted on 2/9/2020 at 11:37 AM
Wish I’d spotted it before, but Hank Aaron turned 86 last week - he & Willie Mays (88) are among the last who played in the great Negro Leagues & endured segregation transitioning to MLB

& it was no different for Hank decades later when he broke Babe Ruth’s HR record - cheered by most, there was still enough vitriol, he recalled in an espn show, to show that white hate still festered in society

So happy belated birthday Hammerin’ Henry Aaron, one of the greats

[Edited on 2/9/2020 by Stephen]

 

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  posted on 2/9/2020 at 11:56 AM
Great to hear Hank still kickin. Never thought about the heat from breaking Babe Ruth's record - that must have been intense.
 

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  posted on 2/10/2020 at 10:30 AM
Even if you aren't a baseball fan, Ken Burns' Baseball doc has a couple episodes worth watching about the stars of the Negro Leagues and the challenges faced by those trying to break the color barrier.
I've always been fascinated by the role of musicians and athletes in the Civil Rights movement

 

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  posted on 2/10/2020 at 03:19 PM
We wouldn't even be here on this thread if it wasn't for black musicians - we would be chatting it up on god only knows what type of music website, maybe a nice wholesome discussion of Wagner, and how wonderful it is we withstood the evil influence of Negermusik:



- Nazi propaganda poster - translates as "Degenerate Music - A settlement of State Council".

from wiki: Negermusik ("Negro Music") was a pejorative term used by the Nazis during the Third Reich to signify musical styles and performances by African-Americans that were of the jazz and swing music genres. They viewed these musical styles as inferior works belonging to an "inferior race" and therefore prohibited.

 

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  posted on 2/13/2020 at 09:25 AM
https://youtu.be/Z8nppTSY-Rs
One of my favorite scenes from the film.

I wish Sun Ra got more credit for pioneering a lot of the Afrofuturism that has become a big part of pop culture. Everyone talks about Parliament Funkadelic and rightfully so, but he was light-years ahead of them.

 
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