Darkest America Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop

ISBN-10: 0393070980
ISBN-13: 9780393070989
Edition: 2012
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Description: Yuval Taylor and Jake Austeninvestigate the complex history of black minstrelsy, adopted in themid-nineteenth century by African American performers who played the grinningblackface fool to entertain black and white audiences. We now  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/27/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Yuval Taylor and Jake Austeninvestigate the complex history of black minstrelsy, adopted in themid-nineteenth century by African American performers who played the grinningblackface fool to entertain black and white audiences. We now considerminstrelsy an embarrassing relic, but once blacks and whites alike saw it as ablack art form—and embraced it as such. And, as the authors reveal, blackminstrelsy remains deeply relevant to popular black entertainment, particularlyin the work of contemporary artists like Dave Chappelle, Flavor Flav, SpikeLee, and Lil Wayne. Darkest America explores the origins, heyday, and present-day manifestations of thistradition, exploding the myth that it was a form of entertainment that whitesfoisted on blacks, and shining a sure-to-be controversial light on how theseincendiary performances can be not only demeaning but also, paradoxically,liberating.

Yuval Taylor, senior editor at Chicago Review Press, is the coauthor of "Faking It "and the editor of "I Was Born a Slave". He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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