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Book Title: Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop|
The author of the book: Yuval Taylor
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780393083903
The size of the: 444 KB
Edition: W. W. Norton Company
Date of issue: August 27th 2012
Read full description of the books Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop:Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen investigate the complex history of black minstrelsy, adopted in the mid-nineteenth century by African American performers who played the grinning blackface fool to entertain black and white audiences. We now consider minstrelsy an embarrassing relic, but once blacks and whites alike saw it as a black art form—and embraced it as such. And, as the authors reveal, black minstrelsy remains deeply relevant to popular black entertainment, particularly in the work of contemporary artists like Dave Chappelle, Flavor Flav, Spike Lee, and Lil Wayne. Darkest America explores the origins, heyday, and present-day manifestations of this tradition, exploding the myth that it was a form of entertainment that whites foisted on blacks, and shining a sure-to-be controversial light on how these incendiary performances can be not only demeaning but also, paradoxically, liberating.
Read information about the authorYuval Taylor, whose books include Faking It, I Was Born a Slave, The Cartoon Music Book, and The Future of Jazz, lives in Chicago.
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